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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Owners Manual: If a collision is imminent, do something

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Owners Manual / The sport of motorcycling / If a collision is imminent, do something

Many riders fear locking up their brakes or haven't learned to swerve to avoid an accident.

Many inexperienced riders (and too many seasoned riders) use only their rear brake in an emergency, resulting in unnecessary impacts in some cases and unnecessarily high impact speeds in other cases. Your rear brake can only provide about 30% of your motorcycle's potential stopping power. The front and rear brakes can and should be used together to maximize braking effectiveness.

Experienced motorcyclists learn to "cover" the front brake lever by lightly resting a couple of fingers over the lever when riding in traffic and near intersections to give their reaction time a head start.

Emergency stopping and swerving are techniques that you should practice and master before you find yourself in an emergency situation. The best place to practice such techniques is in a controlled environment such as the motorcycle safety foundation's (msf) rider training courses. The msf's motorcycle rider courses (fundamental techniques) and experienced rider courses (advanced strategies) present hands-on instruction of the bas1c principles of motorcycling and a variety of accident-avoidance maneuvers. Even a seasoned motorcyclist can improved his or her riding skills, and pick up a few new skills, through these courses.

Some insurance companies even offer discounts to course graduates.

If you don't have a helmet, buy a helmet and wear it every time you ride
Most accidents occur within a few miles of home, and almost half occur at speeds of less than 30 mph. So even if you're just going on a quick errand, be preparedstrap on your helmet before you t ...

Special situations require special care
Of course, there are some times when full-force braking is not the correct technique. When the road surface is wet, loose, or rough, you should brake with care. When you're leaned over in a corne ...

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Front wheel removal
Place the motorcycle on the side stand. Remove both brake calipers from the front forks by removing two mounting bolts 1 on each calipers. Note: never squeeze the front brake lever with the caliper removed. It is very difficult to force the pads back into the caliper asse ...

Maintenance schedule
It is very important to inspect and maintain your motorcycle regularly. Follow the guidelines in the chart. The intervals between periodic services in kilometers, miles and months are shown. At the end of each interval, be sure to perlorm the maintenance listed. Warning Improper ...

Specifications
Service data Brake unit: mm (in) Tightening torque specifications Note the specified tightening torque is described in the following. Front brake hose routing diagram  rear brake hose routing diagram  front brake master cylinder components  rear ...

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