Just a Touch.
By Nick Ienatsch, January 19, 2021
- It calms your mind…a mind that could be quite frazzled when accelerating on a modern motorcycle, or a 500 GP bike at Phillip Island in the year 2000 with world champion Kenny Roberts Jr. watching.
- Puts you in direct control of your entrance speed, not “rolling off and hoping.”
- Puts you in direct control of your fork travel, and thus your steering geometry.
- Puts a linear load into the front tire, allowing it to squish out on the pavement prior to big brake pressure. This is the “load the tire before you work the tire” we teach at Champ School. An accelerating motorcycle has a very small front-tire contact patch and it’s easy to “grab a handful of brake” and immediately lose the front because you’ve haven’t loaded the tire; your grab beat the weight transfer.