Rear Brake Question - Honda Motorcycles - FireBlades.org
Honda FireBlade Discussion of the Honda CBR 900RR, Honda CBR 929RR, Honda CBR 954RR, and Honda CBR 1000RR Motorcycles.

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 10-24-2007, 2:26 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: 11-18-2006
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 89
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 14
   
Rear Brake Question

My 2001 CBR929RR has a Michelin Pilot Sport tire mounted on the rear. The size is 200/50. The bike had 35,000km on it when I bought it 2 years ago and I have put on 10,000km. The front brakes work perfectly. My question is about the rear. It is such that I don't think I could lock it up if I tried. Is this unusual? Is it engineered that way on purpose in order to avoid a "high-side"? The tire is actually one size larger than Honda recommends. Could that be compromising the the rear brake performance? Any comments are greatly appreciated.
pmlavigne is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 10-24-2007, 2:37 PM
 
sheepofblue's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-12-2004
Location: Huntsville AL
Posts: 14,224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 48
                     
Send a message via AIM to sheepofblue
Re: Rear Brake Question

Usually they are to hard not to lock. I only use mine if I 'go agg' with it (which I hope is a LONG time to the next occurance) or to hold it in place at a stoplight. That said I have heard of people letting air in the line on purpose to make the back harder to lock. The tire should have no effect.

Must obey the sheep dog

Last edited by sheepofblue; 10-24-2007 at 2:47 PM.
sheepofblue is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 10-24-2007, 3:34 PM
 
Join Date: 03-21-2005
Location: Wiltshire, uk
Age: 52
Posts: 1,164
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 20
         
Re: Rear Brake Question

the piston can seize, and the caliper slides on a pin - this also gets gummed up with road muck and seizes. strip the whole thing down, clean and re-assemble, bleed, and so on....

Last edited by machinehead; 10-25-2007 at 8:22 AM.
machinehead is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 Old 10-24-2007, 11:57 PM
 
Join Date: 05-15-2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 179
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 14
 
Re: Rear Brake Question

Specifically designed to be week to avoid highsides.

On the track I never even touch the rear brake. Possibly if the bike starts to cross up under heavy braking. Then a touch of rear brake keeps the bike straight.

Under hard braking you can lock up the rear brake with your pinky toe there is so little weight on the rear tire.

Use the rear brake for holding your self in place at lights and keeping wheelies from going over.
dmack is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 10-25-2007, 8:24 AM
 
Join Date: 03-21-2005
Location: Wiltshire, uk
Age: 52
Posts: 1,164
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 20
         
Re: Rear Brake Question

unless the rear wheel is in the air the rear brake is still a brake and will slow you down - good enough for Rossi its good enough for me!

I know a lot of people say they don't bother using it, and guys I ride with say the same so its only my opinion, but its mine and I'll stick to it!!
machinehead is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 10-25-2007, 9:34 AM
 
Join Date: 12-19-2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,836
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 36
                     
Re: Rear Brake Question

Your rear brake should lock quite easily if needed. If yours won't lock because of too much pedal travel then you probably have air in the system and/or low on fluid. If it won't lock and you have good pedal height, try installing new pads. They may have become contaminated over time or glazed. Be sure the rear wheel spins freely when released to be sure the caliper is not seized like machinehead said. I don't believe it's engineered that way because every bike I've owned has been able to lock up the rear easily except my Blackbird because it had linked brakes. Good luck.
denzee is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 10-25-2007, 10:18 AM
 
Join Date: 02-10-2007
Location: .
Posts: 2,654
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 17
     
Re: Rear Brake Question

I can lock my rear with a mere flick of the toe, okay a little more than that but I have to take it pretty easy on it.
slickwill is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 10-25-2007, 2:52 PM
 
Join Date: 10-12-2007
Posts: 226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 0
 
Re: Rear Brake Question

i only use my rear brake in town or gently before a tight corner if it is slippy ,but if i pressed it firmly it would lock the back wheel with ease
robert mcvey is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 10-26-2007, 2:17 PM
 
Join Date: 10-12-2007
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 0
 
Re: Rear Brake Question

your brake pads are glazed over.

replace your pads
flush your fluid out with new fluid
and clean all the parts and rotor off with brake cleaner.
might as well install a steal line right away and you will have some good braking power again.
Jfriday is offline  
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Honda Motorcycles - FireBlades.org > Honda Motorcycle Models > Honda FireBlade

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Motorcycles - FireBlades.org forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
A valid e-mail address is REQUIRED. You will not have access to any site features until you activate your account using the activation e-mail that is sent to this address.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rear Brake Yellar Honda FireBlade 21 06-16-2008 8:01 AM
Rear Brake Switch Question??? VA929RR Honda FireBlade 4 05-09-2005 12:52 PM
Rear Brake ? Spanky Honda FireBlade 18 10-07-2004 9:35 PM
rear brake light?? New954RRider Honda FireBlade 6 09-03-2004 8:01 PM
Rear Brake Pad Question Trackfan Honda FireBlade 4 02-13-2004 7:59 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome