adjusting the foot brakes


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adjusting the foot brakes

Postby filupsd » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:36 pm



I had foot surgery about a year ago and they fused some bones in my right foot. Because of this I can't point my toes very far which makes braking difficult. I have removed the brake pedal and rotated it up one tooth but that doesn't seem to make much difference once I start to push down. Are there any other adjustments I can make the would decrease the "throw" on the pedal?

I have heard that new braided brake lines can help because they don't expand when used.

What is a good place to buy brake lines?

Thanks
David



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Re: adjusting the foot brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:38 pm

There are two ways to accomplish this. The easy one you've already mentioned, the stainless lines, such as the ones sold by HEL: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11422

The other way is to replace your master cylinder with one that has a larger diameter piston and cylinder. This means it moves more fluid with less motion.

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Re: adjusting the foot brakes

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:15 pm

I know on my 1200, the amount you can rotate the pedal upward is limited. I can't recall what interference there is, but I do know I did the same thing a while ago, and I could only rotate the pedal one notch up before it would hit something or other.

Ensuring there is no air in the system will also go a long way to helping with the braking... you could also "pad" the pedal with a spacer, if you will, to raise the top of the pedal up without having to rotate it on the splines. Mine has a couple of holes in it that could be used to "bolt" on a spacer piece to effectively "raise" the pedal without more rotation at the pivot point. I imagine yours does as well. You could get a flat piece of sheet metal (1/4-3/8" thick) drill it to line up with the holes in the pedal, and then groove it with a grinder or put an adhesive pad with some kind of grip material (like used on stair treads) to keep it from being slippery when wet...
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: adjusting the foot brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:40 am

You could also go the low-tech way and tack a pad onto the bottom of your boot. Wouldn't work well for walking around in, but perhaps easier than trying to figure out how to modify your bike's brake lever.

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Re: adjusting the foot brakes

Postby filupsd » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:15 pm

I like the idea replacing the master cylinder with a larger one. If anyone has done this is there a suggestion of one from another bike that will work without too much trouble? I am going to order brake lines soon so hope to do the swap at the same time.

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Re: adjusting the foot brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:21 am

filupsd wrote:I like the idea replacing the master cylinder with a larger one. If anyone has done this is there a suggestion of one from another bike that will work without too much trouble? I am going to order brake lines soon so hope to do the swap at the same time.


Keep in mind that using a master cylinder with a larger diameter piston/cylinder means it will take more force on the brake pedal in order to get the same amount of braking.

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Re: adjusting the foot brakes

Postby filupsd » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:23 pm

Thanks Admin I appreciate the input. Force I can handle. It's the amount of rotation that is a problem for me.
I will do a little research on master cylinders with larger pistons.




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