Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bochum, Germany
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I have ABS in my Versys, and with that you can ignore the rear brake for panic braking.
For "racing braking" while downshifting, like before a tight corner, the rear brakes are even harmful with ABS: The rear tire will lock up while closing the clutch after downshifting when you're using the rear and front brake at the same time. And since it has ABS, it will open the brakes a bit. Sadly, it will open both brakes, as the ABS controller probably considers this situation a stoppie and wants to prevent that. Thus, you loose a few precious meters, and you get really large eyes.
Even with non-ABS bikes of this kind of geometry (Versys), I'd suggest to ignore the rear brake, and brake as hard as possible in the front in emergencies. If you brake just a bit softer for the first 0,1sec or so (until the fork has compressed), you can brake really hard without locking up the front tire (unless you ride OEM D205 tires, on mud, etc.).
And don't forget to look for escape routes, sometimes braking to a standstill isn't the best option.
My Michelin Pilot Road 2 lasted 7000 km, but I really did not treat them kindly wih all that twisty road in racing mode. Front and rear tire were both at 1,6mm, which is the legal limit in Germany. Trying BT023 now.
2008 Kawasaki Versys
1994 Honda NTV 650
1999 Suzuki AN125