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The more popular method is with your first two fingers. For some reason, maybe my hands are too big, that doesn't give me enough brake torque. I have to really squeeze down to get it to stop because it's so close to the pivot point. I moved it in, adjusted it on the bar as far as it would go, but it's still not enough.

My old method was to use all but my right pointing finger, kind of grip it like I was making an "OK sign with my hand. I'm trying to get away from that, but this two finger thing has me stymied.
 

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ShanMan14 said:
My old method was to use all but my right pointing finger, kind of grip it like I was making an "OK sign with my hand. I'm trying to get away from that, but this two finger thing has me stymied.
I do the same thing..but now that I think about it, I dont know why I do it that way..just force of habit I guess..its doesnt take more than 2 fingers to stop, for me...but I just seem to stick with the old habit. Even my old yamaha I braked the same way..
 

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I am a "first two fingers" guy. Its fits and works well for me. :)
 

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On my old two-stroke, I had to use all four fingers. I still do. Seems to give me more control. Plus, I know I'm not giving any throttle. If you just use two fingers, do your other two fingers get crushed by the lever if you brake hard?
 

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On my old two-stroke, I had to use all four fingers. I still do. Seems to give me more control. Plus, I know I'm not giving any throttle. If you just use two fingers, do your other two fingers get crushed by the lever if you brake hard?

ive never had to squeeze it that close to the grip to stop..even in an emergency stop, it only takes too fingers for me..if I did squeeze it that hard, i'd be over the handlebars in a heartbeat.. :eek:
 

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I have some awsome brakes on the Race 750 so braking hard only needs really a finger or two. It varies depending on the corner Iam taking. I try to keep my hand out from hind the lever tho. If you loose you brake pressure you could mash your fingers and your first reaction would to be to let go of the handle and that is deadly underbreaking. Because your hand should be there pumping the brake. Yeah yeah once in a million right? that million could be your last...
 

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ShanMan14 said:
maybe my hands are too big, that doesn't give me enough brake torque. I have to really squeeze down to get it to stop because it's so close to the pivot point. I moved it in, adjusted it on the bar as far as it would go, but it's still not enough.
When was the last time your brakes were gone through? Might be time to change the fluid, bleed well, and clean your pistons... Also, if you're not already using HH+ sintered pads, do so...
 

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I changed the fluid myself about 18 months ago. I'm wonderng if maybe I have air in the system?
 

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its possible..u have to bleed the lines really well, and make sure that you get all the old fluid out. when i changed the fluid in my old yamaha, i had some buildup around the bottom inside of the cylinder, that was preventing free flowing fluid to get down into the line. so that might be something to check too.
 

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Hmmm, I've never really thought about it. I'd have to go out and ride to know for sure.

How many of you blip the throttle when downshifting? Which braking method works best to allow you good control of both brakes and throttle when you downshift like you should?
 

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hmm, two on the brake and now that I think of it, two on the clutch most of the time, except when stopping.

the real question is how many toes do you use :confused: ...nevermind, I'm an idiot.
 

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Hmmm, I've never really thought about it. I'd have to go out and ride to know for sure.

How many of you blip the throttle when downshifting? Which braking method works best to allow you good control of both brakes and throttle when you downshift like you should?

I almost always blip on the throttle when im downshifting..think I probably always have.. :rolleyes:

I always apply both brakes when stopping, I use the front brake alittle more, but I always use both in unison...cant stop any quicker or better than that..IMO :)
 

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18 months ago you changed the fluid, eh? You really should bleed the brakes at LEAST once per year. Might as well change the fluid while you're at it. If you've never torn down your calipers, DO SO! If you want some help, let me know. I can post a write-up on how to do it without having to rebuild the entire caliper... After you do it once, it's SUPER easy...

It really makes a HUGE difference. When I first got my Gixxer I was pretty disappointed in its stopping power, especially considering it's got EBC Pro-Lite rotors, EBC HH+ sintered pads, and Goodridge steel lines all around... Then I cleaned the pistons. Turns out there was only ONE piston per caliper that was free... Now they'll stop me on a dime... Still not the Brembos on my Tuono, but... :D
 

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Whats the best brake fluid to use ? since we're talking brakes here anyways..
 

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any signifigance to the colored vs. the clear, other than the clear being easier to notice buildup thru the site glass, etc..
 
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