Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Bavaria, Germany
Just some advice:
I would not recommend to let using the rear brake only become a habit. Because of the weight shift, the front brake provides significantly more stopping power while the rear wheel will easily lock because of no load on it. If I remember correctly, the front brake attributes to about 80% of braking power while it is only 20% for the rear wheel.
If using the rear brake only is a habit and you stomp on the rear brake in case of emergency, you'll immediately fly off (without ABS) or end up with ABS activation and less than 20% of potential braking efficiency. You can easily try this on the Bobber in a safe way: pick a clean road, go about 35 mph, apply a normal level of front brakes to offload the rear wheel and stomp the rear brake. ABS will kick in right away. Or if you are more confident, simply slam the rear brake at low speed. You'll see how easy it locks and how long it will take you to come to a halt.
So the better habit is using the front brakes (only). I admit I'm lazy and tend to skip the rear brake often, just using it when I need to reposition my foot anyway since I'm stopping, but not using it running through serpentines. Unless I mess up and need some extra help from the rear brakes ;-)
Personally, for me in order to feel safe on a bike, I practice emergency braking, using both front and rear brakes. I wouldn't want to lock the front wheel without ABS, but in good road conditions, this won't happen without me flying over the handlebar or the rear wheel lifting off. It's impressive to see how much stopping power can be in the brakes if you dare, and it's very reassuring to know how hard you can hit the brakes and how the bike will handle.
This has helped me avoid a couple of accidents in my life, hitting both brakes hard without hesitation. But for this to happen, exactly this situation needs to be practiced.