Originally Posted by MOPMan
'Very interesting clip. In different segments of the clip, it looked like the front tire came off the pavement which would tell me he was't braking at time of impact. In another segment it looked like the front dipped which would tell me he was braking. Can anyone translate enough to know if they address the issue of braking AT POINT OF IMPACT?
What Alois (the rider) is saying in the introduction just before the demo is that trying to get on the brakes is adding to the danger of the situation
When a rider attempts panic braking, in most motorcycles the front wheel can lock up and cause the bike to fall. (My comment: even with ABS, at impact, the wheel is likely to be deflected sideways and, if under braking, may contribute to the bike falling.)
In such situation, he says, brakes are completely unnecessary and actually dangerous
. He did not say anything about accelerating, but as MOPMan observed, the wheel does go up, suggesting acceleration. On the other hand, it could be also from the wheel trying to "climb" the animal. I think that the downward move of the wheel is after impact (in the last sequence) - I'm not sure.
My guess is that Alois, being an MX racer, could have applied standard obstacle-crossing technique: slowing down a bit to compress the front, then gassing up to lighten it and get most rebound. Although, he did not mention anything like that and based on the audio there was no slowing down.
My uneducated comment here would be that with the BMW Telelever front end you will not get much rebound - but that slowing down a tad may not hurt (it would be instinctive anyway) - but then being on the gas through impact would be just as important as with standard suspension.
Just some food for thought.
And one more point: when I have been riding with his school, Alois often stressed the importance of locking the arms on braking to achieve maximum stability during panic stops. That means locking shoulders and elbows stiff in order to "lean" on the handle bars and evenly distribute pressure (as opposed to "soft" holding of the bars and attempting to stabilize with legs).
According to him, locking arms on aggressive braking should become an instinctive habit. Needless to say, it probably is just as important in an animal collision.