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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-20-2007, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Average stopping distances at different speeds

Hi all,
I am just getting back into riding about about 15 years. I have taken the MSC and passed with flying colors . I decided today to do some testing on braking distance. I am curious if anyone else has done this and what kind or results they came up with. Here is what I did. I tested stop distances at 10,25,35,45 mph. I did each test 5 times and used the average distance. I am on a VLX 600 which is a fairly small bike, and I am about 260 lbs.


10 MPH - 6 Feet
25 MPH - 41 Feet
25 MPH - 85 feet
45 MPH - 155 feet.

All were using both breaks without tire skid.

Very interested if anyone else had done anything like this.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-21-2007, 07:39 AM
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No, I haven't done anything like that but glad you did. I've got a 98 1100 so they don't compute for me. I should do that though. Heck, maybe everyone. Never hurts to know more about our cyces ability and our own.

I recently got back into cycling myself a few years ago. I was smart enough to know back then that I was too stupid to be riding at that point in my life. That aside, how long ago did you get back into it? If not very long, it would be interesting to see if after a year, those distances change with experience...or re-experience.

Not asking you to do it. From reading your post, I think that you might. You seem to be a curious fellow. How did you measure out your distances and where did you find a place to do it?

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I haven't done it but I can tell you the stadard used for the motorcycle operator's safety test (ALT MOST)

20 mph 23'
15 mph 13'
12 mph 9'

The scale actually runs from 12-20 mph, so this is a sample.

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