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post #1 of 48 Old 06-16-2011, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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reare brake weak?

anybody notice that your rear brakes on 08 1000 are kind of weak compared to the other bikes. i had an 07 600 and i thought the rear brakes were weak on that one but now i feel my 08 1000 have no rear brakes at all... i checked the pads and it's almost like brand new and the brake fluid is at a normal level.. i have to stomp my rear brake pedal to get any stopping power at all if any. i did buy this bike used with 2900 miles on it. i'm not sure if this is normal. evenwith the rear brake pressed all the way down i can still push my bike forward with one leg.
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post #2 of 48 Old 06-16-2011, 09:19 AM
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I don't know what you are expecting... I use my rear break regularly; however, I do it mainly to just add a touch extra when stopping. However, I do love my rear brake in the twisties!

I will have to try the pushing the bike with the rear brake on. That doesn't sound right.
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no... you can still lock the wheel... and it drags nice.
i drag my rear brake all the time in parking lots.... lets you do a tighter U-turn.
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my previous 600 offered more stopping power from the rear than my current 08 1000. my cousin's gsxr 600 also feels the same way my previous 600. i too use my rear only for that extra stopping but i feel it does not contributs at all. i can barely get my rear wheel to lock and that's only if put my entire weight on the pedal. i feel like it should be a lot stonger than that.
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sounds like your need to adjust your rear brake. Maybe you should bleed the lines again, just in case. But, I am not a mechanic...
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post #6 of 48 Old 06-16-2011, 01:07 PM
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08-11 CBR's all have the same weak rear brake. Its a plus when you are running at track/race pace, you can get some rear brake action without fear of locking it up.

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my previous 600 offered more stopping power from the rear than my current 08 1000. my cousin's gsxr 600 also feels the same way my previous 600. i too use my rear only for that extra stopping but i feel it does not contributs at all. i can barely get my rear wheel to lock and that's only if put my entire weight on the pedal. i feel like it should be a lot stonger than that.
i like to think of it as an anti-squid device.
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post #8 of 48 Old 06-16-2011, 02:12 PM
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sounds like you just have air in the line, it should feel firm 1/2 way pressed in. bleed the line (may take a few tries), i suggest removing the 2 rear bolts holding down the line (one on the swingarm, one holding the tire hugger), remove the entire caliper and elevating it, attach a hose to the nipple and elevate it higher than the caliper. Works best with 2 people. bleeding the rear can be a pain b/c the line is in a U shape, which will trap air in the middle.

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Thanks brother. I'll have it bled at the dealer coz i haven't dealt with brakes before and dont want to make a mistake. The rear brake pedal does feel firm 1/4th way down. I just hope the dealer does a good job.
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thanks for all the feed back .. great forum.
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