Slow Speed Maneuvering
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MP3 500
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 6
Location: Arizona
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:48 am quote
When slow speed maneuvering do you use the foot break peddle exclusively or the hand break ?
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:02 am quote
You should use the rear brake alone, not the foot brake which operates the front as well.
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Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
Posts: 21210
Location: Kingston, Tennessee, Tn
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:30 pm quote
I practice slow speed full lock to lock turns and don't use any brakes.

most folks do slightly drag the rear brake when doing slow sharper turns.

find you an empty large parking lot and practice super tight turns so when your out in the world and need those skills you have them.
2019 MP3 500hpe Sport
Joined: 03 Nov 2014
Posts: 414
Location: Germany
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:57 pm quote
before my 400 was totaled because i was rear ended, i owned it for 4 years and over 50000km. never once used the foot brake, other than initially to see how awkward it was to use based on what my neighbor told me. sharper turns, as oad said, i used a smidge of rear brake especially to help tighten a turn.
Joined: 27 Oct 2016
Posts: 214
Location: England
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:11 am quote
I have never used the rear brake as much as with my Piaggio.
But then I have never had such a long or heavy bike.
MP3 500 LT " Matilda"
Joined: 21 Dec 2018
Posts: 139
Location: west Germany
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:07 pm quote
Hi guys. I don't know about you guys, but I only use the brakes when I go into a curve and give it gas when coming out of the curve. Just about like driving a car. You just need a bit of practice. I only use the Footbrake in a tight situation like if some idiot in front of me decides for some reason to stand on it and I need all three wheels a once. Fred
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 4883
Location: Downtown Toronto
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:34 pm quote
OK, I don't own an MP3 but from what I get it operates both brakes? Back in the day on the Lammies and Vespa's the foot pedal was just the rear and the left hand the gears. Yeah it's reversed now.

Anyway in slow speed maneuvers you should ONLY ride the rear brake if needed and not touch the front. It's just fine to ride the rear brake if you have to for more throttle control and it does help.

I just proof read this... you can ignore the rest of my post as it it doesn't speak to your question but may help.

Never brake during a turn but I think you know that. There is a technique you can use on a CVT for braking in and then out of a turn but you need to be pretty advanced to use it. Basically you apply the brakes and then release at the apex to maximize acceleration out of the turn. It's something I've learnt to do but hard to explain...

The front brake can be used just before a turn to dip the front forks and the compression will help with setup and entering the turn. I use this at highway speeds for sharper corners. I find I only need this on the much heavier bike and not the lighter Vespa where I just power steer and lean hard. MP3 is a good sized bike.
MP3 500 LT " Matilda"
Joined: 21 Dec 2018
Posts: 139
Location: west Germany
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:19 pm quote
That's about the size of it Harburger. For all of you diehard impies out there. The Footbrake can also be a bit touchy. I've locked Matilda up a couple of times already. Don't worry though, our Impies are friends. If we treat them right,they will take care of us.
MP3, 12' NC700x
Joined: 11 Jan 2019
Posts: 3
Location: North Idaho, way up North
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:04 pm quote
practice, practice, practice... :{)
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