hard to find the brake pedal


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Baitweller
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hard to find the brake pedal

Post by Baitweller » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:43 pm



Hello all,

I've read many articles on this site they have helped me bring back my '83 Aspy back to life. I removed the floor boards and got some Ebay foot pegs and they are great. Question: The shifter is all good but the brake pedal seems to be way too close to the right-rear cylinder and tucked under the crash bar. I can only use the back brake if I look down and awkwardly insert my toe in a small "slot" to get anything on the pedal. It doesn't help any that I have a standard 2-up seat that pushes me forward and just makes things even more cramped. Does anyone have a solution or have you "relocated" the brake pedal? Seems if the lever and brake pad were further down and out it would be easier to find and use.

Thanks,
Baitweller.



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DenverWinger
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Re: hard to find the brake pedal

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:37 pm

On my '80 STD the brake pedal height is adjustable, the adjustment is on the rear of the pedal behind the mount pivot, under the Master Cylinder (kinda hidden by the frame). There's a lock nut with threaded rod in the linkage from pedal to M/C, it should be adjustable enough to lower the pedal some where you can get your foot in there.

Or you might consider a different style crash bar (there are several).
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Baitweller
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Joined: Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:21 am
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Motorcycle: 1983 Goldwing - current project
1982 Goldwing - parts bike
1996 BMW 1100GS - "Red Rider"
2001 BMW K1200LT - "Black Mamba"
2004 BMW R1150RT - "Blue Streak"
1992 Harley 1250 Sportster - "Li'l Rat"
1998 Harley Low Rider - "Loudmouth"
2010 Harley Ultra Limited - "Big Blue"

Re: hard to find the brake pedal

Post by Baitweller » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:25 pm

Thank you Mark, I'll give it a try and see how much adjustment I can get. Really appreciate the response buddy.
Manny

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Re: hard to find the brake pedal

Post by Overdog » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:38 am

There were several brands of footboards...could it be possible that some had a different pedal assembly to match up with their boards?

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Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Motorcycle: 1983 Goldwing - current project
1982 Goldwing - parts bike
1996 BMW 1100GS - "Red Rider"
2001 BMW K1200LT - "Black Mamba"
2004 BMW R1150RT - "Blue Streak"
1992 Harley 1250 Sportster - "Li'l Rat"
1998 Harley Low Rider - "Loudmouth"
2010 Harley Ultra Limited - "Big Blue"

Re: hard to find the brake pedal

Post by Baitweller » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:50 am

Very possible Overdog although I am certainly no expert. Mine had Markland (?) floorboards and the brake lever/pedal is very small and tucked in just behind the rear most cylinder. I took Mark's advice and was able to lower the pedal quite a bit (thanks!). Now I'm making a larger pad to fit onto the small pedal (drill and bolt) to get a larger area lower and forward. Looks like it will work fine. Next is reshaping an old seat to get the driver section further back as I'm now way too close to the handlebars. I'd like to get the foot pegs under my knees, not my butt. Again, thanks to all on this web site for tons of great ideas and "how to" articles



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