I agree with practicing braking. All motorcyclists should do this because proper brake technique is not intuitive. Our instinct is to mash the brakes hard when confronted with an emergency, but sudden, hard application of the brake will lock up the tires.
The front brake carries nearly all the braking load on a motorcycle, and the front tire is capable of handling a surprising amount of braking force, but only if you're pointed straight ahead, the tire is in good condition, the road surface isn't contaminated (sand, oil, even paint will reduce traction significantly), and you load the tire first. What that means is, the more weight that gets transferred to the front tire, the more braking force it can handle, and if you gradually squeeze the lever, more and more weight gets transferred to the front tire.
Proper technique requires gradually squeezing the lever over the course of about one second.
So, when you practice your braking, get up to, say 20 mph then start braking. Squeeze the lever gradually as you say aloud "One thousand one". As you finish saying that you be just getting to full braking force. Ignore the rear brake for this exercise, because, it needs less and less force applied as the weight transfers front. Squeezing the front brake more and more while applying the rear brake less and less requires focus that's beyond me, and just about anybody else, I would imagine. I get around this by just gently dragging the rear brake while stopping. Works for me. Once you get a feel for how the bike can stop from 20 mph (hint, surprisingly quickly) you can increase the speed a little at a time.
Like I said, everyone should do this, at least at the beginning of riding season each year, but preferably more than that, so proper braking becomes automatic, because you won't be able to think about this when faced with an emergency. It has to become habit.
Last edited by K-woppa; 2-15-2017 at 10:59 AM.