Ixion FAQ

Does stopping distance increase with a pillion?

[short answer: if you do things perfectly, it shouldn't]

... if your brakes are up to it then you can chirp the tyres, and if your tyres and differential front/back control (or ABS) are up to it (i.e. front and rear tyres both chirping) then you can get up to 1.3G on shell grip with the best road tyres; more usually up to 1G with usual tyres on a good dry road. Irrespective of weight or type of vehicle.

Cars without ABS suffer from not being able to brake both back and front to maximum pre-slip braking under frontwards weight transfer.

Bikes suffer from the fact that most riders are either too scared to brake hard enough, or brake too hard and lose the bike.

Chris Malcolm

See also Pawan Jailty's Guide to Pillions

This page last updated 21/09/02
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