Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
My previous bike was a CBR1100XX, and various sport bikes before that. I can no longer do long rides on those due to joint issues, so it was time for an LT or not riding at all.
I'm re-training myself to stop using both brakes. On the LT the rear brake does actually have stopping power since the rear wheel has plenty of weight on it, so this is the safest thing to do. With the ABS, you don't have to worry about locking it up.
Everyone warns not to use the front brake at low speeds, but I haven't found it a problem. Sure it will pull the bike around, that's predictable, all bikes do that. This just has more weight behind it. I can't say whether it's good advice for everyone, but after a couple thousand miles of nearly all city use I haven't come close to dumping it and I never hesitate to use the front brake in any situation.
If you haven't been on a bike for a little while, which sounds like the case, you should take the MSF Experienced Rider Course (ERC) for a refresher and some practice. The coursework is great, and you'll get an insurance discount.