Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: LT buyer with concerns [help!]
I have a big issue with so many people saying to NOT USE THE FRONT BRAKE AT LOW SPEED! That is not good advice at all. The front brake is the one that does 80% of the work stopping the bike, and with the weight of the LT you need it.
I dropped my LTs a couple of times, but once I learned to be sure to have the front wheel straight ahead for the last couple feet of a stop the problem disappeared completely. I used the front brake far more than the rear, and the last couple years of owning the LT, at over 30,000 miles a year, no drops. You can panic stop with the front brake, and it will not cause you to drop the bike if you get the wheel straight just before you come to a complete stop.
In my opinion, teaching yourself to avoid the front brake is putting yourself at risk of not using it because of that self taught avoidance when you really need it.
Be aware of the problem, teach yourself to get the wheel straight and the bike balanced the last 2 feet of a stop, and you will not have a problem, and stopping with the front brake mostly will become second nature. I rarely used the rear brake because of it's rather small contribution to stopping the bike. About the only time I used the rear brake was trail braking going into turns, and just holding the bike stopped when sitting on it. If I needed to stop really fast I would use both, but normal stopping was almost always front brake only.
Of course it does cost money. I went through 4 sets of front brake pads to one set of rear ones.
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