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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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when riding it feels like when using my rear brake pedal it has to be pushed really far down.
i feel that it shouldnt be pushed in that far can i adjust this myself like tighten it?
if so is there a tutorial?
if to difficult ill go to the dealer.
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On the right side of the rear wheel you will find a 4" long arm coming out of the brake drum. When you push down on the brake pedal the cable will pull that arm forward making the rear brake work. you will find a nut holding the brake cable to the arm. Tighten the nut. The nut has "lobes" cut into it making it grab the lever every half turn (so it can't easily back out while you are riding). Just tighten the nut utill you get the brake pedal where you want it. Don't go too tight or you can drag your brakes, I like about 1 1/2" of pedal play myself.

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hi guys
when riding it feels like when using my rear brake pedal it has to be pushed really far down.
i feel that it shouldnt be pushed in that far can i adjust this myself like tighten it?
if so is there a tutorial?
if to difficult ill go to the dealer.
thanks
Mine does the same. I've adjusted the rear brakes to where I could hear them grab slightly than backed off 1/2 turn. I think I just need new pads. They don't grab too well as is.

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what do you guys mean with 1 1/2 pedal play.
so if i tighten the nut how would i know if it drags?
sorry just havent got a clue with this its my first motorbike
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Julia, When you are standing by your bike with a pair of pliars or a wrench give me a call. This is a 3 minute job.
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ha you will have to come to holland im affraid.
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what do you guys mean with 1 1/2 pedal play.
so if i tighten the nut how would i know if it drags?
sorry just havent got a clue with this its my first motorbike
Because you do this with the bike in neutral and on the centerstand. You spin the wheel by hand as you tighten the nut in 1/2 turn increments.
You'll hear the brakes shoes scrap the liner before you feel the wheel drag. Stop there and back the nut out a half turn.

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Yep, In my business I often talk customers through making repairs over the phone (even overseas customers). I've found it easier if they are actually looking at what they are working on when I give them directions and discuss the problem with them. If the lady doesn't want to call from Holland (probably pretty expensive depending on her phone plan) then she'll just need to figure it out from written instructions. Since she doesn't seem to have a basic mechanical knowlage of motorcycles that may prove a bit hard. And rear brakes are about as basic as you can get. She'll figure it out.

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