That's fine and dandy for MotoGP racers and even amateur racers. I understand the logic that it helps set the rear for the turn and all that or to even slide the bike into the corner. But I still maintain that using the rear break is an advanced rider skill that may get the majority of riders that don't race into trouble. Even if you develop very good skill in utilizing the rear brake during aggressive riding, in an emergency situation, riders will revert back to what they practice which includes going for the rear brake and likely jamming it and locking the rear wheel and initiating a lowside or highside (Guilty as charged here.) Staying on the bike as long as possible gives you the best braking distance. And study after study has shown the rear brake only contributes to a mere fraction of stopping distance. Put that against the ability of the average rider to effectively use the rear brake in an emergency situation, I don't think its worth it, and I recommend to my fellow amateur riders to not use their rear brake and instead focus on progressive front braking. Your mind can much easier focus on progressing force onto one lever (the front brake) rather than two different levers (front and rear brake), therefore you can more easily prevent brake lockup.
As the recent "study" done by Virginia Tech highlights, the average rider is still underwhemingly skilled in braking and there is a huge amount of riders that are plowing into the back of vehicles. And I believe through my own experience that this is because they are not adequately skilled in braking, and if they do get on the rear brake, they lock the rear and purposely initiate a low side like we've all seen tons of our friends do. Which is extremely counterproductive because they would've been traveling slower at the time of collision or even completely avoid collision if they stayed on the bike as long as possible. Once you leave that bike, you trade the superior mechanical stopping power for just relying on friction to slow you down.
Just my $.02 As with anything, we all have differing opinions on these types of topics. If your confident enough for it, go for it. You're certainly a better rider than I am.
Last edited by RedAndBlack; 12-29-2016 at 01:26 PM.