OP - just a suggestion but if you'd break up your Wall of Text with some Paragraphs, it'd sure make it nicer to try to read...
Excellent suggestion! Done! When I first copied and pasted the article in, it appeared to carry the paragraph breaks but then I forgot to review it for that....but it's done now with almost 1200 people having view this very important discussion, I thank you for the suggestion.
Some have mentioned other skills and I will not disagree that they carry importance but the goal of this write up was to focus on two things I find, are thee most important things that have helped keep me from being involved in any accidents with cars, ever.
We would all welcome anyone writing a separate article to focus in on what skill they desire to impart to us or maybe it's something that they have a desire to learn? I think that having separate, focused articles would benefit riders of every skill level if they were all in this folder so maybe a rider wanting to know more about the importance of braking or weaving may read this one, another revolving around counter-steering would attract riders looking to learn more about that subject.
Either way, I'm thrilled by the enthusiasm generated and also that so many other riders "weave" because I KNOW that little habit is saving lives! I also am happy that these words have made some others go out and start practicing because in the end, it's a skill that will very possibly, save your life!
I intentionally stayed away from one aspect of braking because it usually generates two schools of thought. That is the habit of riding with two fingers(on my vintage bikes it's 3) on the front brake lever at all times. Myself, I'm not a "new" rider and I'm also very practiced in applying my brakes on my Vee and FOR ME, it eliminates possibly 3 -10th of a second or so.....the time it takes to recognize the need, move your fingers to the lever and then apply pressure.....all that is eliminated by having those fingers in place so for me...it's recognize, squeeze.
I have tried to find the real difference by practicing both methods (fingers on grip v fingers on lever) in the empty parking lot to see what that savings translates to linear feet of stopping distance but I found that I'm unable to be "objective" when trying to compare the two methods. I always find myself cheating on how fast I move or find that I'm beginning the move too early....it's just very hard to make myself be completely objective.
In my mind, there just HAS to be some times savings so that how I ride. I am curious as to how you guys feel about that or what your habits are?