St. Louis, MO
Posted - 02/02/2011 : 6:04 PM
The Braking Breakdown
Let's first look at what braking information has been included in every iteration:
That 70% of the stopping power is in front brake
Pulling in clutch lever
Both brakes applied (at the same time from the MRC on)
Ease off rear brake (in some form)
In first BRC called "fast stops" in others, maximum braking
Stopping/braking in a curve
Front skids are only really addressed in the BRC2 (which is an improvement).
That's all folks.
Everything else that has to do with braking, such as rolling on and off the throttle, appears in one or more iterations but not all of them.
But even though something may be taught and even though some of the same points are made, there are differences in how they are taught and how much information is given to the student and at what point in the curriculum they appear.
Before we begin, there will be some - like Tim and Ray or Attorney Vitrano - who may argue "what's in a word?" as if similar words mean the same thing. Or perhaps they'd argue that motorcycle safety training is like hand grenades and horseshoes. Iow, the general gist is good enough.
Of course, as a writer, I beg to differ, but also as a person I'd disagree. For example, "duck!" isn't the same thing as "get out of the way" although it is a kind of getting out of the way. "I like you" doesn't mean the same thing as "I love you." Many times, it really, really matters what word is used
And, speaking of hand grenades, it's not enough to tell someone how to pull the pin if you don't add "and throw it as far away from you as possible." While we'd think that would be a no-brainer, unfortunately people do incredibly stupid things all the time even though they should know better. Society thinks it's very important to include steps that seem blatantly obvious when it comes to procedures that could have a hazardous outcomesometimes it's even a matter of law.
The second automatic objection rider educators will make as they read the next entries is that even if it's not in the handbook, they "fix it" in what they say in the classroom or range. I'm glad and thankful they do. I appreciate their efforts. However, ultimately, I don't care.
I don't care because, as I pointed out yesterday, there's no way to guarantee it is fixed for every class, for every student. And, even more importantly, a *safety* curriculum has a moral, if not legal obligation, to be safe. That means being accurate and complete as to safe operating procedures. Imo, a safety curriculum must include all the student needs to know to operate the machine in question in a safe, effective manner.
Even if you disagree with me about that, I think we can all agree it shouldn't put the student at greater risk by omitting or not explaining critical steps.
So let's see what changes and omissions are reflected in the current BRC:
Next "stop"braking and stopping in general.