Changing LEFT front brake hose on a '94 SE


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Changing LEFT front brake hose on a '94 SE

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Greetings GL-folk,

I guess someone who has never ridden a different bike could find the braking on a GL1500 is okay-ish, I find it very poor. Especially the front is... So, I contemplated a change to the HEL braided hoses, until I saw this guys' info on Youtube.



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Yesterday I dismantled the right fairing to have a look, but having somewhat "manly" hands it didn't take long to close the whole thing back up: there's no room to get to the LEFT hose!

Any trics to remove and reinstall the new hose (which I think is the hardest!) without dismantling the whole bike?

T



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Re: Changing LEFT front brake hose on a '94 SE

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Would be even grateful for any other tips to enhance the braking (f.i. maybe changing only the right front hose...?)

T

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Re: Changing LEFT front brake hose on a '94 SE

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Toogzweire wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:56 am
Greetings GL-folk,

I guess someone who has never ridden a different bike could find the braking on a GL1500 is okay-ish, I find it very poor. Especially the front is... etc ...
Well, that's because you maybe didn't know that on most bikes, that lever on the handle bar applies two brakes on a often lighter bike, but on your Gold Wing it applies only one brake, the other is only activated when you step on the rear brake. No doubt the SS braided lines will increase feel, but some parking lot practice might improve your braking technique. A properly functioning GL-1500 ridden by a reasonably skilled rider might not do front brake wheelies, but it's no slouch in braking.
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Re: Changing LEFT front brake hose on a '94 SE

Post by Toogzweire »

Hey,

Thanks for the tip, but I guess I was already aware of the single side setup of the front caliper, certainly after my full rebuild of the front caliper and master cylinder....
Btw, when braking you should always use the back + front brake, whichever the bike.

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Re: Changing LEFT front brake hose on a '94 SE

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I'm sorry, I just took you at your post's words. You just expressed an issue you had with the front brake so I thought you were maybe under the wrong impression of the system's workings. You said
I guess someone who has never ridden a different bike could find the braking on a GL1500 is okay-ish, I find it very poor. Especially the front is...
My question was "what does he expect from a single front disc on a 800 pond bike that has to stop at least a half ton of bike & rider weight?" You said nothing of your rebuild that I saw.

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