Trail Braking: What Are The Benefits And Risks?

You may come across the term “trail braking” at some time throughout your riding experience. In a nutshell, it is a braking method that includes providing braking force after starting a turn into a curve rather of doing all of the braking while the motorcycle is still vertical. While leaning into the turn, the rider continues to brake and progressively reduces braking as the lean angle increases. As the rider reaches the peak of the curve, the braking pressure finally fades to nothing.

What Are The Benefits Of Trail Braking?

Trail braking is a matter of personal preference, and the benefits will vary from rider to rider. Trail braking helps in weight transfer to the front tire as well as fork compression. This decreases trail and makes turning corners smoother. It also allows the rider to continue slowing down if necessary. However, doing so decreases the rider’s speed while simultaneously reducing the bike’s turning radius. Trail braking has the benefit of allowing the rider to lengthen the time and distance required to build entrance speed. This can be a significant benefit if a bit more braking is required for a tighter turn or to avoid a mid-corner obstruction. If you need to slow down a little more after entering a curve with light brake pressure, the chassis will be less likely to be stressed.

What Are The Dangers?

Trail braking, like other riding methods, comes with its own set of risks. As previously indicated, it places a significant amount of braking and steering forces on the front tire. When overloaded, especially during turns, the front tire is more likely to slip. Recovering from front-wheel slippage is typically more difficult than recovering from rear-wheel slippage. Although trail braking is difficult to master, it is not impossible. For the appropriate type of rider, motorcycle, and roads, this approach may be very beneficial. Enrolling in a riding school that teaches trail braking is the greatest way to learn and practice the technique.

How Do I Learn Trail Braking?

You may train your mind and muscles to think it’s possible to slow the bike down while staying upright by learning trail braking. This skill reveals not only if the corner can be salvaged, but also how much braking effort can be used without the tires slipping. If you think talent will suddenly appear when you need it, you are completely mistaken. To make this vital tool available to you, you must practice. To test your braking skills, begin in a clean and clear parking lot then go to the street where there are no surface hazards. Then, by going to a track day and requesting an instructor to assist you practice on this approach, you may refine and perfect it. One of the most crucial abilities to master is braking. Practice emergency braking and fine-tuning your corner braking technique on a regular basis to keep these abilities sharp.