Originally Posted by six_rabbits
Does partial integration allow the rear brake pedal to remain useful and effective even when the ABS pump is active? I've read some scary reports of "no brakes" when braking on washboard roads when the ABS activates. Does the rear brake still work in this situation?
Uh, kind of tough to answer in one word, like yes or no.
The rear pedal operates the rear brake. Front lever operates both. The one with the most pressure is the one that controls the rear brake. So, you can apply a little pressure with the lever, and mucho pressure on the pedal and get lots of rear brake. Or, be applying lots of lever pressure, little pedal pressure, and when you let off, the bike is still under braking, just not as much.
The problem with washboard roads is that the wheels are being loaded and unloaded by the washboard effect of the pavement, allowing the wheels to lock when above the "valley" of the washboard (little traction) and the abs releaseing just as you hit the "peak" of the washboard. Get the right rythmn, and it's pucker time. The ABS brain, I believe, is using the rotation of both tires to determine if ABS is needed. One is rotating, the other is not, so the one that's not has the ABS cycle applied.
That's why I hate going down dirt roads, too. The wheels lock, release, lock, etc. but you can never stop because while one is stopped, the other is rotating causing the opposite wheel to "release" it's brakes with ABS. Went down a (lightly) rutted dirt road once ("Oh, there's a dirt road, but it's well graded"...NOT!) and I don't want to do it again.
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