Guys --My rear drum brake now seems to take more force to engage. Also it doesn't seem to be stopping as well as it did. The bike only has 4300 miles, so I wouldn't think I need to replace pads yet. Is there some adjustment that may be off?Any ideas? The bike is a 2011 G5 Classic in Green with gold pin stripes.
Its fun that my RE dealership is also a bar and grill. If you haven't been to Strokers Dallas you really should give it a visit if you are in the area.
Ill have the shop look at it. I think I got it out of alignment (the brake, not the wheel) with a really hard stop about a week ago. The Back wheel locked up and skidded slightly. Letting out the brakes got me back and I didn't lose control of the motorcycle. But I think that might be it.The guys are really good about helping me out. Their prices are fair, plus the guys check little stuff for me for free, cause I buy em beers when they are off duty at the bar.Its fun that my RE dealership is also a bar and grill. If you haven't been to Strokers Dallas you really should give it a visit if you are in the area.
Wait, so is it the case that if one adjusts the brake such that it works properly, one is then more likely to, by virtue of having an effective brake, lock up the brake and bend the rear swingarm?
lemming:Sectorsteves motorcycle is the only one I've ever heard of bending the swing arm. I'm still trying to figure out how that could possibly happen by just using the rear brake. There isn't that much torque on the rear brake even if the rear wheel is locked up.If the rear brake shoes are adjusted correctly, the coil spring on the rear brake lever will automatically disengage the rear brake as soon as the riders foot releases the pressure on the brake pedal. Don't worry about it but remember, the front brake on your motorcycle does over 80 percent of the braking.Several racers I know only use the rear brake to keep the rear of the bike from coming around under heavy braking. (I'm talking about 120 mph down to 20 mph for a sharp turn).