Rear Brake LEver


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Rear Brake LEver

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My wifes bike rear brake lever is too high. I want to remove and reposition down an inch or two. Simple to remove bolt and pull out nad reposition? Many thanks



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If you are speaking of a GL1800, well, yes and no. It is easy to loosen the pinch bolt, and maybe even to get the brake lever off, but be very careful to brace the spline from inboard the bike when attempting to put the brake lever back on in a position amenable to you. The splined shaft tends to move inboard until it becomes unavailable if you do not put something solid behind it.
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Thanks Viking. I guess the lever is not so loose when it comes off. A little bit of persuasion is needed?

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Unless you take the bolt right out and put a screwdriver in the crack, it is not so loose. If you do though, it will come off. Just take care not to lose the splined shaft putting it back on.
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Thanks Viking, piece of cake. I did have to take the foot peg of because of the bolt needed to come out. Readjusted. Now the wife will be happy.

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Good to hear bohdan. We like to hear about results, as it shows that the stuff can get done.

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Interesting. Talking to the Roadsmith dealer, the brake lever was intentionally moved up that way to provide more "force" on the rear brakes. So I put it back in the original position. Are other trikes the same?

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Probably a good idea. I did that with my non trike - raised it up AND added the Kuryakyn sandwich pad to it, in order to give me more pressure to the rear brake. It seems it would be a reasonable thing for a trike also. I hated stepping on the rear brake and not feeling any result immediately.


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