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    I was on a week ride with a few friends, leading the group, into Ohio to ride the Windy 9. At one point, I was looking for a route number, following a cage. I saw two roads ahead with route numbers, and looked down at my phone/gps, when suddenly the cage in front decided to stop and put their left hand turn signals on (After stopping of course) As I looked up I saw the rear bumper of the car looming closer, I jammed the brake on and turned slightly to the right to avoid the car. The bike stopped, as I told my riding buds, on a quarter and gave me change. These things stop GREAT!!. Hope I don't have to use it like that again, but nice to know they do stop. By the way the Windy 9 are some great roads to ride. We then went south and rode through West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.(Not in that order) Cut the week by a day because of constant downpour. Still a good week.

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    Every time I get another vehicle, of any kind, one of the first things I do, after assuring all the tires have proper inflation, is to find a stretch of isolated normal dry pavement somewhere, get up to around 50mph, and do a panic stop just to learn how the vehicle responds. And yes, the Spyder does an amazing job of getting stopped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missouriboy View Post
    Every time I get another vehicle, of any kind, one of the first things I do, after assuring all the tires have proper inflation, is to find a stretch of isolated normal dry pavement somewhere, get up to around 50mph, and do a panic stop just to learn how the vehicle responds. And yes, the Spyder does an amazing job of getting stopped.
    ……. and add this should be Standard practice. ….knowing in advance what your ride is capable of paramount importance …… Mike

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    Yup! These things will stop you quicker than the sound of a pump-action shotgun's slide being racked...
    But hang on: they WILL dislodge you from the seat; if you're not ready for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    Yup! These things will stop you quicker than the sound of a pump-action shotgun's slide being racked...
    But hang on: they WILL dislodge you from the east; if you're not ready for it!
    Bob,

    Good to know. I will try advoiding going east from now on.
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    Wait until you have to change brake pads and replace the OEM ones with EBC fully sintered ones from Bajaron. You'll feel the hand of God in action.
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    Sorry... lousy typing skills, and a spelll-check that couldn't see the lack of logic in what I had typed.

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    I honestly can't think of anything on the road that can stop as fast as the Spyder. I think it seriously increases the danger of being hit from behind during heavy braking- I always check the mirror in that event.

    Never have braked hard in a corner, I know that is poor move on a 2 wheeler.....

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    " Never have braked hard in a corner, I know that is poor move on a 2 wheeler....."

    It's a poor move in a 4 wheeler too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBros View Post
    Wait until you have to change brake pads and replace the OEM ones with EBC fully sintered ones from Bajaron. You'll feel the hand of God in action.
    Did that already

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapnPete View Post
    I honestly can't think of anything on the road that can stop as fast as the Spyder. I think it seriously increases the danger of being hit from behind during heavy braking

    My wife and I were heading home after a day of riding when a deer jumped out of the woods onto the road. I braked hard and my wife's helmet smacked mine pretty hard but luckily she had a good grip on the handrails. However, the car behind us which was not tailgating, came way too close for comfort to hitting us. They were honking their horn and I could count the bugs on their grill in my mirror. I was thinking "out of the frying pan and into the fire" as I braced myself while the car swerved into the other lane to avoid hitting us and almost hit the deer.

    Yes, I do think a well maintained Spyder will stop faster than just about any other vehicle on the road. Now I pull off somewhere to let a car go by if they are following closer than I'm comfortable with because of that experience.
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    " Now I pull off somewhere to let a car go by if they are following closer than I'm comfortable with because of that experience."

    I hate tailgaters
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    In my car or on the Spyder, I pull over if there are cars behind me. I'm not a slow ryder/driver and if someone wants to go faster than me, far be it from me to get in the way of them finding the cops before I do. Let them get the ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    Yup! These things will stop you quicker than the sound of a pump-action shotgun's slide being racked...
    But hang on: they WILL dislodge you from the seat; if you're not ready for it!
    At the GWRRA Wing Ding in Billings a few years ago I took the Trike Rider Course with my RTS. One of the exercises was panic stopping. I hit the brakes hard going only about 20 or 30 mph. Instantly I was wearing the windshield as a bib!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBros View Post
    Wait until you have to change brake pads and replace the OEM ones with EBC fully sintered ones from Bajaron. You'll feel the hand of God in action.
    Hmmm... I got those EBC sintered pads at 39,000 miles, but never have panic-tested them. Sounds like I should do that again!

    BUT... my OEM brakes are Brembo; were yours the earlier ones, of less quality?
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    I had a panic stop experience on a group ride a few weeks ago, riding solo on my ST-S.
    The rider in front of me stopped as we were at an intersection, we were only travelling @10 mph.
    I slammed brakes and stopped in time.
    Rider behind me claims rear wheel lifted about 3 inches...I hadn't felt or noticed.
    Is this unusual or a "normal" response? Riding on stock Kendas and OEM brakes.
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    Can you say hyperbole?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    ……. and add this should be Standard practice. ….knowing in advance what your ride is capable of paramount importance …… Mike
    that's what sold me on the Spyder was its stopping power. When teaching Jane to ride, I made sure she did several hard stops to instill confidence in her that the machine is about the safest one out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    Yup! These things will stop you quicker than the sound of a pump-action shotgun's slide being racked...
    But hang on: they WILL dislodge you from the seat; if you're not ready for it!
    Yep, I learned that one at Spyder School.
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