I’m fairly new to bikes so help me sanity check this.
I took my Fazer '04 in for a service.
It had rear pads worn almost totally down and a rear brake disc which is badly degraded. They had pads but no disc. I need the bike tomorrow so I told them to do the pads and leave the current disc on (rather than waiting for the part).What kind of stopping power should the rear brake provide?
At what speed should I be able to stop using only the rear break?Do I simply need to break the new pads in?Is this related to the scorred, degraded disc?
What do I do to solve this (apart from take it back in)?Thanks In Advance
What kind of stopping power should the rear brake provide? …Very little
At what speed should I be able to stop using only the rear break?.. in theory 3000mph in practise around 10mph and not very well
Do I simply need to break the new pads in?..it will help .
Is this related to the scorred, degraded disc?.. Yup
What do I do to solve this (apart from take it back in)?..Use the front brakes that you have 2 of and are twice the size like your supposed to .
On a bike you do all the braking when riding in a straight line and upright (normally) if you are using brakes during the cornering process (except In an emergency and even then be careful) it won’t be long before you’ll need more than new brake pads and a disc…
And as already said front brakes do 99.99% of the braking on a motorcycle.
I’m sure what your instructor meant was to AVOID using the brakes on a bend. Meaning you should plan you entry and exit, slow in fast out but never faster than the distance you can see to be clear and be able to stop in should the need arise.
If Leylandii are out performing your brakes then get them checked, TimR could do both
I would complain to the appropriate area council if I found a tree growing in the middle of the road.:laugh:
No, but seriously, while it is safer to use the rear brake midcorner, you still need to use it sparingly. So, in this specific situation (braking while cornering), the stopping power of the rear brake isn’t really that important, since it is highly unlikely you would be able to use that full power safely anyway.