Last week I locked up the rear brake and the result was a skid. I was riding on a backroad I ride quite often and was coming up on an intersection where my next turn was. I must have been "zoning" out because I was enjoying the ride. When I snapped back to reality,I realized I was running out of braking distance. I quickly and firmly began applying both brakes and downshifted at the same time to use compression braking to help the slowing process. I then felt the rear skid slightly and released the pressure on the rear brake and was able to save it and make the turn safely. Two things I realized: 1- when the rear began to skid I did not feel the rear tire lock up. My conclusion was that the rear brakes feel "numb" and did not provide any feedback. 2- Upon downshifting for compression braking it helped contribute to the loss of traction combined with the firm braking. Other than that, I have never locked up the rear brakes before that. So, IMO it was the result of rear brakes with very little feel and feedback and compression braking. BTW, I went back to see how long the skidmark was; about 10 ft.
Blue 2002 DL1000 ("Blue Suzi"); A few essentials, a few more to go.