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post #1 of 22 Old 10-29-2003, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Rear Brake

My rear brake is weak as hell. How is everyone else's? I've read a couple of posts that stated that the rear brake is not very strong but how weak are we talking? I doubt that mine could even lock the rear wheel if pressed hard. It's not that I use the brake very often but I rode a 919 last night and the rear brake on it could acutally be used to stop the bike if needed.




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Re: Rear Brake

It should lock the rear wheel if it's working properly. Mine could even with a narrow rotor.

Have you ever bled the brake? Changed the fluid?



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Re: Rear Brake

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luvtolean : It should lock the rear wheel if it's working properly. *Mine could even with a narrow rotor.

Have you ever bled the brake? *Changed the fluid?
your rear brake will become less powerful over time if you dont use it often. You can strengthen it back up by using it to decellerate on an empty road from 60 or so down to a stop. You may have to pump it quite hard at first. Dont try to lock it up, just stop moderatley.
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luvtolean : It should lock the rear wheel if it's working properly. *Mine could even with a narrow rotor.

Have you ever bled the brake? *Changed the fluid?
No, I've never blead it or changed the fluid. I just don't remember it ever having much bite so I just figured that was how it should be. I guess I'll bleed it this weekend and see if that helps.

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figment : Quote (luvtolean @ Oct. 29 2003, 10:47am)It should lock the rear wheel if it's working properly. *Mine could even with a narrow rotor.

Have you ever bled the brake? *Changed the fluid?
your rear brake will become less powerful over time if you dont use it often. You can strengthen it back up by using it to decellerate on an empty road from 60 or so down to a stop. You may have to pump it quite hard at first. Dont try to lock it up, just stop moderatley.
Interesting.. I've never heard that before. I'll see if that improves the braking before I bleed it and post a report.

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Re: Rear Brake

Mine's been bled and I have a SS line on it, but I think it's weak also. Plus, the angle of the lever due to the rearsets makes it hard to activate it as well. I'll have to try the 'using it' method to see if that helps. Used alone, it barely does anything.
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Re: Rear Brake

The rear brakes on these bikes are designed to be weak. Under hard braking it's routine to have 90% of the weight on the front wheel, and locking up the rear wheel only leads to problems. Bottom line, you want your rear brake to be weak - Honda designed it that way.

There's certainly nothing wrong with bleeding it and maintaining the system, but I wouldn't think something's wrong because it's weak.
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Re: Rear Brake

I know its a small pic but I had my rear rotor 'Swiss cheesed'. Take a look at the avatar. I can still lock it up but it is much less powerful than the front as it should be.
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Here is a pic off the site...

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Re: Rear Brake

I don't mind mine being weak, and I don't think anything's wrong with it. I rarely use it anyway.
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Yellar : I'll see if that improves the braking before I bleed it and post a report.
please do. It worked for me. I stopped using the rear altogether for some time and I guess the brake rotor glazed over and needed to be scuffed in again like a new rotor. After I used it to stop me a few times the rear brake (which has a SS line), worked like new again...
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Re: Rear Brake

Thanks for the comments. I guess it really is made to be weak. I'm still going to see if I can stiffen it up some. If anything, it will give me a good excuse to throw on the SS line that has been on the shelve for some time. I'd like to see if I can't get at least a little more bite out of it. I never use it but I'd like it to be at least semi-strong if I need it in an emergency.

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Re: Rear Brake

Greg, it ain't gonna hurt anything the get that old fluid out of there; I'm sure it's crap by now and should be changed regardless.
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Re: Rear Brake

I'm not sure the rear brake worked on my 929. Never used it anyways. The only time I use my rear brake on my 954 is sitting on a slope at a stoplight or when doing a wheelie. Yeah go ahead and flame.
I dont use the rear on my race bike either. I dont see me 'backin it in' any time soon so theres not much use for it.
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Re: Rear Brake

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Pete : Greg, it ain't gonna hurt anything the get that old fluid out of there; I'm sure it's crap by now and should be changed regardless.
Good point, Pete.

Either that or maybe I should start buying a new bike every year... know what I mean? lol!




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