Hough is talking about frame geometry. Just as an extended swing arms allows more energy to be usefully applied to driving the rear wheel, the extended fork rake found on most cruisers theoretically allows more force to be applied to stopping the front wheel (if all other factors are equal). I don’t think he was making a comparison between what top riders might be capable of. A little research of tested stopping distances often highlights that a number of cruisers, including ones with otherwise subpar discs and calipers, turn up some really decent stops, often matching some sport bikes with “better” suspension and brakes.
I’m not smart enough to understand all the physics involved, but I have picked up a few pearls of wisdom — including: If you’re continually unintentionally locking up your rear brake, you’re either pushing too hard or too suddenly on that right foot pedal thingy. And on a sport or standard, the harder you’re stopping, the easier it is to lock the rear.
And like Elwood mentions, you can recover from a rear end skid. IMO, it’s best to stay on the lock up while shifting your weight to bring the wheels into alignment (so you are skidding straight behind the front tire), then you can release the rear brake and you’re back in control. Learning how to end a skid can be very useful as it puts you back in full control.I’ve done this before on the freeway when trying to skid to a stop would have sent me into the back of a line of stopped cars. Once the skid was over, I was able to change course and slip around the stopped cars, giving me the extra 20 feet I needed to safely stop (plus, it probably looked fairly cool to folks watching who didn’t know I was simultenously crapping my pants!).