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Rear brake troubles

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I have a question for you all, maybe you have experienced this. I was riding my 14 Versys home this past weekend and started to do a hard stop and my rear brakes started acting funny. It does have ABS so I should mention that.
The pedal started going up and down and the tire locked a little then freed up.
Some noise coming from the back brake caliper as well when that happened. What is that? Some said it is the ABS acting normal but that is the first time it has happened and I have over 3000 miles on the bike. I could brake hard before and there was no problem at all. I was coming down and long winding downhill road, other side of the mountain, so there was a lot of braking, maybe it was just hot. I rode it yesterday and it seemed better but I did not brake hard this time. Any ideas?
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That's the ABS working. It's normal, don't forget going downhill there is less weight on the rear especially when braking heavily with the front. I have at times used heavy braking on the front and very minimal rear braking will activate the rear ABS.

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Yep. The ABS saved your butt from hitting the pavement.

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ya just sounds like hot brakes and stupid abs arguing..... if it dosnt happen again dont worry if it happens cold. get your pads and pistons checked

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Thanks guys, I feel a little better now about the situation. Just strange it never happened before during the first 3000 + miles. My back wheel also locks up a little when downshifting and braking at the same time in certain situations, like turning.

I will keep an eye on it and thanks again for your input.
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Thanks guys, I feel a little better now about the situation. Just strange it never happened before during the first 3000 + miles. My back wheel also locks up a little when downshifting and braking at the same time in certain situations, like turning.

I will keep an eye on it and thanks again for your input.
some lock up is expected if you are down shifting without rpm matching as the motor working as a brake causing the rear tire to spin slower then the front causing the abs to freak out
also the bike wasnt broke in as much befor = lower compression, less bedded brake pads, fresh routers , fresh oils......

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Sounds like the bike is working like it should. But maybe your technique needs some help.
I really like Ken Condon's site- Riding in the Zone. Here's a piece on Traction-
http://www.ridinginthezone.com/motor...on-management/
There's great info on cornering and braking as well. Good luck and keep learning; 18 years on the bike and I'm still learning!
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Just to clear it up the problem of the rear tire locking up came from turning, not cornering and we are talking about speeds of 7mph or less, a compression skid would have been the better way to put it.

Anyway just happy there is nothing wrong with my brakes, been riding all winter here in Oregon and looking forward to spring coming soon!
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...been riding all winter here in Oregon and looking forward to spring coming soon!
Me too. I've been riding all winter here in Arizona and looking forward to spring coming soon, so the temps will get back into the 80s (82F today...).


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Me too. I've been riding all winter here in Arizona and looking forward to spring coming soon, so the temps will get back into the 80s (82F today...).

Well, I have had to bundle up a little more than you this winter but hey, happy you get to ride year around in sunny Arizona! Someday I will live somewhere warm
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