Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Newark, DE, USA
You do both, is the thing. It's not one or the other. You hit the rear brake and engine brake at the same time. No sense to complain about no brake lights. Put them on.
Which reminds me of a true story. Friend and fellow member of our local BMW MOA signed up for an all weekend advanced rider course with some fabled guy in VA. A thousand dollars! Why a sixty year old guy who has been riding 30 or 40 years feels he needs a to pay a grand for a weekend rider course is beyond me, but the beemerphiliacs here are all into MSF courses. It's a special paranoia; and a very counter productive paranoia, too. But that's another story.
Anyhoo, so Friday night they get all checked out and lectured, then Saturday they head into the mountains. The exercise this day was all about engine braking. They were supposed to go all day without hitting the brakes. The instructor had confabulated engine braking into some wackadoo Zen experience, from the literature. Two three hours along, the leader encounters a big dog, stops abruptly, number two stops abruptly behind him, and my friend engine brakes... with predictable results.
So here's the funny part: Couple days later, when he and the guy he rear ended get out of the hospital, couple weeks later he bails his bike out of the shop, one deductible later, now the instructor offers him half his grand back. Big of him. What's he do? Tosses in another 500 and signs up for the same idiocy again!
Tellin you. Something else.
Unmitigated risk aversion is the new Puritanism, complete with witch hunts, funny outfits, and solemn preachers thundering doom. The name of God is changed to Safety; the name of Satan is changed to Lawyer; but the object remains the same: to suck all the life out of life and make you live on the husk.