2. Use the brakes as necessary straight up and down, but tip into the corner and leave the brakes on until you're happy with your bike's speed and direction. If traction is made up of lean angle plus brakes or throttle, don't flick, huck, snap or drop the bike into the corner; steer it into the corner in a linear, progressive, smooth fashion. If you find you are going too slowly to need trail-braking, use lighter initial brakes because you want to leave the brake light on through the turn-in. If you are going downhill, plan to light that brake light 50 percent more than if you're going uphill at the same risk levels.