Hope I am putting this in the right place. I see another slightly different thread:
I do *not* want to lift the rear wheel at all. But, I'm a new rider, and I'm a bit worried - is this even possible, on accident, if I jam on my front brake at freeway speeds?
On a road or dirt bicycle, it's pretty easy to do a "stoppie" or even (accidentally) an endo, where the bike flips over forwards. You might do a stoppie on purpose, but not an endo. In my world, "endo" means you are hitting the ground and your bike is coming down on top of you.
Definitely not something you want with a 500-pound motorcycle.
On a bicycle, if you're an experienced rider you learn 1) to get a feel for how much weight is on the front versus rear wheel, 2) to put your body weight and rear end waaaay back, so the bike seat is in your chest, if you want to brake extremely hard. With proper weight placement, you can make the front tire skid (whh is fine in a straight line & shouldn't make you crash). Of course, usually you don't want to do that. But in any case, you can go 60mph on a bicycle, hit the front brake as hard as you can (except without making it skid) so you are maxing out the static friction - and come to a stop that way, which stops you in the absolute shortest distance possible. I've done it many times. But, you have to know what you're doing.
BTW the other thing you learn on a bicycle is this: everyone who has ridden seriously, like racing etc, if you told them they could only have one brake, they would pick the front brake. Inexperienced people choose the back brake.
So anyway, I'm a bit terrified on my daily commute (speeds average around 85 miles per hour - uh, 137 kph) that I'm gonna have to jam HARD on the front brake, and I'm gonna do an endo and get crushed by my bike. Yes, I know I'm not supposed to jam on the brakes suddenly, and yes I know swerving is usually the better option, but in a split-second situation, intuition and fear take over, and swerving isn't always an option.
I do have ABS. Not clear what difference that makes, since I know from bicycle experience that it's perfectly possible to endo without locking up the front brake.