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Rear Brakes Hard to Lock

One of the first thing I test on any of the bikes I buy is the brakes. Right off the bat I noticed that the rear brake on the V is hard to lock the wheel without standing on the brake lever. I checked the pads and they look good. Bike has only 6,000 miles. Any suggestions to tighten things up?

I did a search and multiple people said that the brakes on the V suck.....but this is my number 2 and I don't remember them being like this.


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Check the play and travel of the brake lever; then check your lines for air and/or bleed 'em. You should be able to lock it up pretty easily, though I wouldn't test this on pavement too much.

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In my humble opinion it's a good thing the rear brake is hard to lock up. Rear lock up, unless the operator is skilled (not saying you're not), often leads to skids which can lead to the dreaded and often painful "fall down, go boom."

I've witnesses riders, who don't understand that the vast majority of stopping power resides in the front brakes, stomp the rear brake and lose control followed almost immediately by an unplanned trip into the weeds, another vehicle or a very unforgiving solid object. Bad juju.

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+1. Why are you wanting to lock up the rear brake?


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In my humble opinion it's a good thing the rear brake is hard to lock up. Rear lock up, unless the operator is skilled (not saying you're not), often leads to skids which can lead to the dreaded and often painful "fall down, go boom."
Even worse is the dreaded "High Side Body Slam" I ran a call while in the Fire Dept were a guy did this and he was a mess. Broken arm, shoulder and ribs. I think it's fair to say it messed up his afternoon.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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fixed

The "Lock Up" is just part of my brake test to make sure they're working properly. I ended up bleeding them tonight and now they lock up just fine

Don't plan on ever having to lock them up on the road but what I felt earlier was just not enough stopping power to be normal......anyways, all fixed now.

Thanks for the suggestions as always


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mine lock up too easily for me.
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mine lock up too easily for me.
By far the easiest bike I have ever ridden to lock the rear on. I do not like how easy it is. I mostly use the Fronts, because of how easy they lock up.

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mine lock up too easily for me.
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My cbx 250's back brake loved to lock. No feedback from the rear brakes. Wither it was locked or rolling, there wasnt really a middle ground.
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Kawasaki's used to come with auto locking rear brakes

My KZ 650 had 'em. They were drums
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