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Does the 950 have enough front brake?

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  1. BRASMAN182

    I use my rear and front breaks together and have no problems.

  2. arecipo

    Well, I took that pads off and sure enough, glazed like a donut. I only have 1900 miles on the bike. So I went ahead and scuffed them a little, cleaned the rotors and all back to normal. Fixed the squeek too. Troober, your right, not sure why I started that habit.

    Today was the wifes birthday so I took her out to dinner and this is only third time I've taken her on the bike since brought it home. Needless to say I started using the rear brake and it definately makes a differrence. Thanks for the info and reminder guys. I will start using the rear break. Btw, the wife really enjoyed the ride.

  3. Troober

    Well, I took that pads off and sure enough, glazed...

    Excellent news, glad to hear everything worked out.

  4. Rop123

    90% of the time it's best to use BOTH brakes. The front brake delivers about 75% of the braking force (since the weight transfer moves to the front while braking) while the rear brake supplies the other 25%.

    Begining through advanced safety courses teach the importance of using BOTH brakes for efficient braking, in most situations.


  5. Shebhertezz

    This is more what I had in mind when I posted the wrong article:

  6. froto

    I've had no trouble at all with the front brake...Of course I only weigh in at 112 lbs. which might have something to do with it!

  7. sbarnes634


    After originally reading the thread I got a little more cautious-a little slower, a little more following distance- last Sunday I was riding down Water Street with some friends when 3 kids walked out from between 2 parked cars. I grabbed a double handful, stepped on the rear, and nearly launched myself over the bars. . I'm 5' 10" 260#, so I admit there's a fair bit of inertia in the system, but I'm pretty sure I'm no longer worried about stopping power.

    The kids didn't even look up. Just kept tapping away at their phones...

  8. lem23

    Close call, I probably woulda told em they are lucky I dont actively engage in thinning out the gene pool of idiots.

  9. hik4z

    Maybe there is something wrong with mine then. The front...

    Yamaha in general on their Star line, seems to make the rear brakes take very little pressure, and the front quite a bit. I have fairly large dual fronts on my Royal Star and yet it takes way more pressure to get the stopping power I expected than on my Kaw, but if I squeeze, the power is there. And the rear brake seems to come on way too easy. That, I believe, has to do more with the length of the rear brake lever and leverage. Something you just have to get use to.

  10. arecipo

    hik4z, yeah, I finally corrected the habit of using only the front and definately feel the difference between that and the rear break. I am getting used to it.

    In fact the other day, I thought this guy was going to pull out in front of me so let off the throttle and covered both front and back breaks just in case. He did not pull out though and I covered the breaks without thinking. problem solved.

    Ride safe,

  11. esiriter

    Been through a lot of bikes am now 63 you do the math, but you should always apply rear brakes first in an emergency, and then apply front , because in an emergency if you forget the backs not thinking, you could flip yourself, or go down if in a curve, I weight 275 and I have locked up the front trying to avoid an accident, and this was after applying the backs first, and yes it has enough braking power, I have a lot of power in my grip from being a xweight lifter, so that plays a lot in my ability to stop, there are always two options throttle or brakes, but you need a lot of power sometimes when using the throttle, and this one does not have enough in my opinion, I use to flat track race in my younger years and we would take off the front brake to avoid going down in the dirt.....

  12. Rop123

    I recommend doing the following:

    On the next nice weather day go out to a parking lot with a piece of chalk. Mark a point on the pavement and take a running start so that when you get to that mark, you'll be at 30 mph. Then perform a "hard stop" or "panic stop" WITHOUT locking the wheels and mark the spot where you come to a stop.

    Do the same test again with just the front brake and then again with just the rear brake (again DO NOT LOCK UP...just brake hard). You'll be amazed at the differences in braking distances and feel.

    Afterwards, the picture will be crystal clear, if it isn't already, that you should always be using BOTH brakes when stopping.


  13. Shebhertezz

    Thanks to our crappy weather I'm not getting out near as much as I want to, but the last few rides I have noticed that the front brake doesn't really grab until the lever's almost all the way in. The lever has lots of free play and b/c it's a stretch for me to reach the lever anyways, I'm going to adjust them to get rid of that free play. But there sure isn't much distance between when the brake first grabs to when it's fully applied. (I know there's a technical word for that...). It seems I really have to squeeze it tight to get the bike to stop. Don't like doing the Flinstone stop....I've checked the brake fluid and it's good. It could also be that I just need to get used to the front brake again. I'm back to PLP and will do what you suggest Rob and see how it goes.

  14. Rop123

    Unless you know what you're doing, you might want to take it to your mechanic to have the cable (stretch) adjusted. Brakes are nothing to fool with if you don't know about them.

    There are levers sold that are made especially for smaller hands to reach and press. You might want to shop around or ask your mechanic.


  15. JozhH

    No cable to adjust in a hydraulic brake system.

  16. Shebhertezz

    I adjusted the screw as per the Owner's Manual to get rid of the free play. It seems to have brought the lever closer so I don't have to do a big reach, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. If that doesn't do the trick, it will go to the dealer. I agree, I don't want to fool around with brakes...(P.S. I was told there are no smaller levers for the 950 I could change to.)



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