Are you tired of burning through brake pads and experiencing a less-than-smooth stop on your motorcycle? Look no further! Introducing the art of engine braking. This technique allows you to decelerate using the power of your engine, resulting in a smoother stop and longer lasting brake pads. Imagine gliding into a turn or coming to a stop without the harsh jerking of traditional braking methods. Not only is it a game changer for your riding experience, but it also saves you money in the long run.
How Engine Braking Works
Your motorcycle's engine gets you up to speed, but you can also use it to slow down. When you decelerate coming to a stop, going into a turn, or on a long downhill that may roast your brake pads- your engine can save somewhere and tear. By rolling off the throttle while still in gear, the engine's compression does a good job of slowing down the bike. Downshifting increases the effect and prepares you to accelerate again after slowing or stopping. Your engine can slow the bike if you do so safely: don't engine brake too quickly, or downshift through gears too fast, or from too high engine RPMs. And don't be afraid to use the front and rear brake as well, to give you greater braking power and finesse.
Tips for Mastering Engine Braking
- Practice makes perfect: The more you practice engine braking, the more natural it will become.
- Start slow: Begin by using engine braking in low-speed situations and gradually increase the speed as you become more comfortable with the technique.
- Don't overdo it: Remember to use your front and rear brake in conjunction with engine braking for maximum effectiveness.
- Be safe: Always use engine braking safely and don't brake too quickly or downshift through gears too fast or from too high engine RPMs.
The Benefits of Engine Braking
- Extend the life of your brake pads
- Smooth stopping experience
- Increased control and finesse while riding
- Cost-effective in the long run
Mastering the art of engine braking can take your riding experience to the next level. With a little practice and patience, you can learn to use your engine to slow down and stop smoothly, saving you money in the long run. Imagine gliding into a turn or coming to a stop without the harsh jerking of traditional braking methods. Don't just take our word for it, hit the road and experiment with rolling off the throttle and downshifting to feel the power of engine braking for yourself. Remember to always use it safely and in conjunction with your front and rear brake for maximum effectiveness. So, gear up, start your engine and give engine braking a try!