Originally Posted by Smith
Before I begin this, I just want to say I know the generally accepted method for stopping is-
• Come to a halt using mostly the rear brake
• Tip the bike slightly to the left at the finish and, at the same moment, put down my lift foot
Simple – right?
Well - for me, the LT is a different animal. Under certain circumstances, the generally prescribed method just isn’t the complete answer. Those of you who have made a hundred of picture perfect stops only to discover a surprise on the hundred and first, know the issue.
Some time ago I started putting both feet down in the last few feet when stopping and was surprised to find how much more stable the whole stopping procedure seemed to feel. Stopping the last few feet using only the front brake isn’t a problem on the LT. With other bikes I’ve had, diving would be a problem – especially with my previously owned GWs.
The leg position on an LT is quite high with both feet on the pegs. It seems that with both legs down (only in the last 3 to 6 feet) the center of gravity is lowered substantially.
Since I’ve adopted this “two leg” stopping practice, my stops have been more sure and controlled – even with a passenger and luggage.
’05 Dark Graphite
I have to disagree with your generally accepted method for stopping. If you're only using the rear brake you're only using 15-20% of the bike's available stopping power. This make s for very long stopping distances. The generally accepted stopping method for just about every rider I know is to use mostly front brake, and ultimately both brakes when coming to a stop.
Now, if you're saying this is the method for your 05 LT then you are using bith front and rear brakes since they are linked. But you should get in the habit of using the front brake lever mainly since most bikes don't have this feature. If not your method will transfer to very long and unsafe stops on other bikes since you will have a greater liklihood of locking the rear wheel and going down, not to mention the inability to atop in time in many situations.
As for which foot to put down, I'm an "either one" guy it depends on where I'm stopping and the conditions at that location. Ony thing I don't recommend is the "leg dangle" as you approach a stop. It actually rasies the center of gravity since you unload the weight on the pegs (low on the bike) and transfer 100% of your body weight to being suported by the seat (higher on the bike). All of this destabilizes you on the bike, remove the ability to use the rear brake to aid in the stop, and limits your ability to respond to a surprise or panic situation at the end of your stop (not to mention it makes you look like an amateur
). Keep both feet on the pegs as you make the stop, use both brakes, and when the bike is at the point of coming to a complete stop, put one or both feet down as it does.
And yes, take an ERC course as others have suggested. You will get a great deal of useful knowledge from it.