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Been using my pointer finger only while braking, for several decades.

clearly a Brembo radial master combined with EBC HH pads, facilities this.

For me, the pointer finger has the most dexterity, for a precision squeeze. While riding amongst traffic, I cover the lever with said pointer.

What do you do?
 

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Two finger JD as I'm track riding and braking at the "one" mark with my lightweight bikes. Besides two fingers is generally preferred!!
 

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I cover the lever with two fingers on the track, index and middle, but I find that most of the effort comes from my middle finger. It has something to do with downshifting and blipping the throttle while braking. Somehow it frees up my wrist to have better control if my index finger is not providing a lot of the pressure. On the street my technique is similar but I tend to cover the lever even more often since i never know when I might need to emergency brake...
 

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4 each side unless it's feather braking then I just use 1 - I would have sworn it was 2 fingers so I paid attention to it recently and I use all 4 even though 99% of the effort is done by 2 fingers they all seem to wanna reach out in unison.

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On the street I ride with-

Clutch- 2 fingers
Brake- 1 finger

I know I should probably be riding with 2 fingers on the brake but I don't. I possibly/ probably would on a track but not the road for whatever reason.

Not because I want to, but just because that is what "feels" natural to me. Not sure why, maybe it has something to do with controlling the throttle? I started on dirtbikes and 3/ 4 wheelers (ATC/ ATV), (snowmobiles, Jet Skis/ Sea Doos, blah-blah-blah), maybe that's where I picked it up? Who knows.
 

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Use to 2 on each side since I had modified bigger brake on each of my previous bike (2x 4 pistons on a 500 and 2x 6 pistons on my naked GSX) it also make it easier to blitz on down shift, and i usually go 3 or 4 on my ATV since brake are not as efficient and that most of the time I need heavy braking😁.
with the duke now i didn’t use the brake too hard up until 3 weeks a go since it was too cold. But I definitely need HH pad at least!!! (Along with better tire) to achieve good 2 fingers brake.
 

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I cover the brake with two fingers at all times. Also pressing the lever with two.
 

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Although I would love to use two fingers on the street for the front brake, my short fingers only allow me to do a one-finger for the street. It's a compromise between power and reaction time.
I have been using two fingers clutch for the last 30 years until now due to "trigger finger" problem. Now on the street, I try not to use the clutch as much (quick shifter) and only use the pinky, ring, and middle fingers. I'm trying to save my index and middle fingers. If not, I may need surgery to get rid of the trigger finger issue.

This is just part of getting old. By the time I'm 60, I might have to switch over to the Grom.
 

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It's a all personal preference and brake setup. Motogp riders also use 1/2/3 fingers for braking. I use two fingers. Middle finger for initial brake force and trail off with index finger. Also index finger for dragging to correct line mid corner. All this is for track riding.
 

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The front bake pad recommendation from this forum has been the best upgrade to my 790! I can one-finger it now! She stops so quickly now to the point that I'm worried that the front might lock up (irrational fear).
Dodging traffic during rush hour requires a one-finger braking for the improved response and reaction time.
 

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The front bake pad recommendation from this forum has been the best upgrade to my 790! I can one-finger it now! She stops so quickly now to the point that I'm worried that the front might lock up (irrational fear).
Dodging traffic during rush hour requires a one-finger braking for the improved response and reaction time.
You’re welcome. :p
 

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Although I would love to use two fingers on the street for the front brake, my short fingers only allow me to do a one-finger for the street. It's a compromise between power and reaction time.
I have been using two fingers clutch for the last 30 years until now due to "trigger finger" problem. Now on the street, I try not to use the clutch as much (quick shifter) and only use the pinky, ring, and middle fingers. I'm trying to save my index and middle fingers. If not, I may need surgery to get rid of the trigger finger issue.

This is just part of getting old. By the time I'm 60, I might have to switch over to the Grom.
Re the trigger fingers. Find a good hand specialist md and get an injection. I’ve got two on my right hand both have had injections which eliminates the problem. It may come back but another injection 4-7 or 8 months later usually works. Better than surgery.
 

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Re the trigger fingers. Find a good hand specialist md and get an injection. I’ve got two on my right hand both have had injections which eliminates the problem. It may come back but another injection 4-7 or 8 months later usually works. Better than surgery.
I tried injection but it didn't work. I don't know if it was because the doctor didn't know what she was doing. It was her first time. It was damn painful too. Try another doctor? Keep coming back for injections every few months?
Since I started riding the 790 and making use of the quick shifter, my trigger has decreased. It's not gone but it is much better.
 
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