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A motorcycle’s front brake provides about how much of the total stopping power?

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A motorcycle’s front brake provides about how much of the total stopping power?

  1. 25%
  2. 50%
  3. 70%
  4. 100%

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: C. 70%

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Explanation: Motorcycle Brakes

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

A motorcycle’s front brake is more powerful than the rear brake and provides at least 70% of the bike’s total stopping power. 

However, it is still important that you operate both the front brake and the rear brake at the same time to achieve maximum stopping power and control. 

Using only one brake will cause you to take longer to stop and may increase your chances of losing control or going into a skid. 

To use the brakes effectively, you should:

  • Apply both brakes smoothly and firmly without jamming or grabbing them abruptly. 
  • Apply more front brake as the motorcycle’s weight transfers forwards. 
  • Keep your knees against the gas tank and your eyes up. 
  • Apply light to light pressure on the rear brake. 

You should apply both brakes every time you need to stop so that you are prepared to use them properly for maximum stopping power in a quick stop or an emergency. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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