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On the street, you should use only the front. The bike automatically balances the braking ratios to optimize stopping power. The moment you press the rear lever, it disables the automatic proportional braking and leaves it up to you. Unless you're a pro street rider, you're probably not going to do it as well as the computer.

Off the street, I make no comment as I'm new to that world....just put a deposit down on a new 1250 GSA after riding a K1600 GTL for the last 6 years.
 

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95% of my braking is rear. My 2014 GS has over 102,000 miles and have replaced the rear brake pads 5 times and the rotor once. The front are factory original.
Wow! That's scary! I watched a Harley rider, a few weeks ago, not paying attention and didn't see a red light until it was too late. He locked up his rear brake and slid through the intersection without slowing down a bit. His rear tire was smoking but probably didn't decrease his speed by 2 mph. He must have never hit his front brake. He was a rear brake only guy too. He made it through the intersection without getting hit so all is good, I guess...
In a panic situation, you'll brake the way you always do so it's best to always brake properly. That's my 2 cents.
 
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