Brakes


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Brakes

Postby goldbike » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:19 pm



I have a 1991 1500 SE with 94.000 klms that replaced a 1991 1500 SE with 235.000 klms. The foot brakes on the newer bike are not giving me the same stopping power as the older bike. I have changed fluids and brake pads. Both bikes have had the same Hannigan sidecar attached. The hand brake works great. I am not getting enough braking with foot brake no matter how hard I try to stop.
Any suggestion, would hard or soft pads help.
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Re: Brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:22 am

Is the foot brake operating just the rear wheel on the bike, or do you have a brake on the sidecar as well?

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Re: Brakes

Postby goldbike » Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:20 pm

The foot pedal operates a disk on rear and one disk on front . Sidecar has disk brake with its own master cylinder operated by a cable attached to a bracket on foot pedal, which is adjustable. When stopping bike does not pull either way, which shows both are in unison . If either was braking more than the other bike would pull left or right. This bike just does not have enough braking as the former bike did. I have to really stand on the foot pedal to get decent braking. I always use front and rear brakes together. I just cannot figure why one bike was better than the other.
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Re: Brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:23 pm

The only thing I might suggest are a switch to braided stainless brake lines, if you haven't already. The brakes should be more than capable of locking the wheels up, it's just a matter of getting sufficient pressure to the calipers (assuming there's no problem with the pads, calipers or discs - but being that both rear brakes are operating in a balanced way, that would seem to rule that out).

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Re: Brakes

Postby goldbike » Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:37 pm

Thanks very much I will switch the lines to braided stainless as you suggest
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Re: Brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:56 pm

Switching to braided stainless brake lines is the single best upgrade I have ever made to my bike. The difference was just astounding.

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Re: Brakes

Postby goldbike » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:23 pm

Where would I get these lines? Or do they have to be made up?
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Re: Brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:21 pm

I got mine from Venco Wings however you can find them all over the web if you do a Google search for "GL1100 Stainless Brake Lines".




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