Why We Brake Delving deep into why we can’t let go of our internal brake markers.
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A couple of weeks ago my buddies and I were relaxing between track sessions when the conversation turned, as it invariably does, to the question of why I don’t let go of my tired old Honda CBR400RR? Pick up something 110 horsepower or better and join the modern world, the rhetoric went. My half-hearted defense was to mumble something about a new 600cc bike requiring an “adjustment period.”
“What’s to adjust? You’re already braking at the liter-bike markers, ha, ha.”
Ha, ha. Problem was, they were right. And that didn’t make any sense at all. I’m not much of a racer, or even a particularly fast track day rider. But with a couple of years teaching whitewater kayaking, a few amateur MMA fights and almost a decade of snowboard instruction under my belt, I’d like to think that I’ve become a bit of an authority on fear management and calculated risk. Or maybe I’d just been good at duping my students?
Take the instant where you feel like you’re too deep into the corner to hold the front end, and there’s someone who is getting on the brakes later, on purpose, lap after lap. As the old saying goes, there is almost always going to be a difference between where you want to brake and where you need to brake. So I thought about what it is I think about when I shouldn’t be thinking at all