Regarding how I brake, I got the idea from one of the motorcycle sites, though I can't remember which one. What the article said was that applying the front brake suddenly can cause it to skid because it has not fully deformed under the braking load. Once the tire is fully loaded and deformed then more pressure can be applied to the brake lever safely. That's why you apply pressure gradually, it gives the front tire time to deform. The article went on to say that applying the rear brake also loads the front tire. The MSF course said to apply both brakes evenly. Based on what the article said I have been applying the rear brake first, then the front. Did I misunderstand the article?
Regarding the position of the control levers, I don't think I need necessarily adjustable ones. My bicycle has levers that don't slope gradually, but have a point where they offset a bit to bring the lever closer to the bar. Surely something similar exists for motorcycles. Would that be something I can change myself or do I need the shop to do it?
Kind-of.However, I don't get the same takeaway about the use of the rear brake. The MSF course said to use both brakes at all times to build the habit of their combined use for use in emergency stops. Even the article you linked states "Obviously, a rider is well advised to use both brakes". So it seems to me that the admonition against the use of the rear brake is going too far. Hyperbole for effect, perhaps?
threadjacking is the way of these forums. it's a conversationI think the braking discussion is useful but straying a bit far from the original post. Maybe we should have a riding tips section.