Rear brake lever


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Papamark
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Rear brake lever

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Has anyone tried to extend or modify the rear brake lever for better use with Markland floorboards?
Trying to brainstorm ideas because I don't really like using my heel to push the brakes instead of my toes like on a regular set up.



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CrystalPistol
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Re: Rear brake lever

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My 1200 had Markland FBs on it when purchased, it had a heel rest with them too so your heel rested up higher. You brake with toe still. I think it would be very difficult to properly modulate the rear brake without a heel rest.

I don't have a picture of those in place on the 1200, but I have a picture of side of my '97 1500 that shows same deal. On the 1200, the heel rest was bolted on in same place with rear of FB bracket where foot-pegs OEM went, but it was a separate piece. Like a chrome angle with a peg sticking out as I recall.
On the '97 1500, it's part of the mount, I made one to use on shift side too with my own toe shift and scrapped the H&T shift.




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Re: Rear brake lever

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Picture from a GL1200
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CrystalPistol
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Re: Rear brake lever

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That's it.
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I looked, do not have it. But that's it, easy to fab one.
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Re: Rear brake lever

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Buy 2 brake levers for the 1200. Cut 1 at the toe pad to remove the pad. Cut the other to give the correct length you want so it won't hit the head or floorboard when pushed fully down. Then weld the 2 pieces together. Grind and sand smooth, then get it chrome plated.

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Re: Rear brake lever

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newday777 wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:18 am
Grind and sand smooth, then get it chrome plated.
When I added that heel rest on the trike on the left, I welded, ground smooth the weld, wire brushed, polished with buffing wheel in ShopSmith so bare metal looked like chrome, cleaned with alcohol, and then clear-coated with clear engine enamel. That was years ago, still looks good. I have done other bits on either my '85 GL, my Triumph, and my old F-150 that I still have, some bits over 30 years since done. Just saying. ;) Thing about the heel rest is … it lets you rest weight of leg while operating brake with muscle, you aren't trying to pull a leg back up off the brake.


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