Yeah I just got so used to not using it that I'm afraid by introducing an extra action when going into a turn could end badly if I don't get it right.
Dissect the video: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...reply.php&_rdr
I have to admit that I'm a big fan of using the rear brake, not so much to decelerate, though there is definitely a component of that, but rather for fine tuning one's line through corner or a series of corners.
At 0:42 you see Scott is braking using the ball of his foot to apply the brake - this is no half ass job. But notice the application is done whilst the bike is basically upright... that's not to say that he doesn't separate the acts. He integrates the braking by keeping the brake applied then really tipping it in
. He does not unsettle the festivities by just letting letting off... This is deftly done. He slides the foot to the 'outside' of the peg. What this technique accomplishes is as the foot slides right there is increasingly less pressure exerted because there are simply less of the foot musculature to press downward.
Again, at 1:07, Redding is very slightly leant over, then again applies the rear brake. If one examines the two sections, what can be realized is this is a technique to significantly tighten Redding's line. The beautiful upshot is it does not disturb the frontend stability. He could, if he wanted to, is use slightly more/less lean. By doing so, the rider can go into the corner faster, then use the rear brake to modulate (settle) the rider/bike on the desired line.
At ≈ 2:10 Redding is leant to his left with the rear brake applied - note the angled of his toes. He proceeded to a brief upright. Goes to leaning the bike to the right again and then sticks his foot out, ala Rossi
. Then back onto the right side and uses the rear brake, note: by 2:45 he's 'feathering' off the brake by rolling the ball of his foot out and sort of rolloing to the end of the peg; he is still applying pressure, but by virtue of being on the end of the peg he is merely 'dragging' the rear by a slight degree.
It becomes clear in short order that regardless of left or right, the rear brake is primarily being applied not for a critical degree of stopping - the front is engaged for that. Rather the rear brake is being used primarily as a lean modifier. What we cannot see because we are not shown a camera shot, is I'll bet he uses his right index and/or middle finger(s) to the opposite effect at the front brake, lightly modulating the brake lever to keep the front planted through bumpy sections (cornrer entries, dbl off cambre turns). Where again, it's less or a deceleration tool and more of a suspension fine tuning tool as it and the throttle are being used simultaneously.
It does in fact act as a banking fine tuner. Yes, it contributes to deceleration, but when we listen to the engine RPMs he is clearly applying simultaneously rear brake and throttle. So there is no abrupt on/off of the rear brake and/or throttle. Scott is using both to smooth out transitions
, nowhere is it abrupt or jerky - he does not stab the peddle, rather he rolls on to it whist his heel is firmly on the foot peg, and eases onto the brake peddle with the front of the foot (ball).
And that is the key to its application! The bottom of his right foot is sliding along the foot peg and rear peddle - neither heel nor ball of foot are intractably anchored, he really is dancing
on the foot controls, and like a good dancer, it's done quickly, but very smoothly. Note: the complete lack of panic. There are no "... Oh shit... ," banging going on of any of the foot or hand controls - it's smooth all the time.