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Offline connie14boy

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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #165 on: October 17, 2018, 12:57:09 pm »
I don't think the linked brakes work fine, and neither do a lot of others.  If you like them, I'm OK with you liking them, but I don't. 

Yes, trail braking uses the front.   Do you know what the separate use of the rear is for?

On the Gen 1 bikes, the ABS is separate on both brakes, and I use the rear brake to "back-in" the corners going downhill in the mountain twisties. Leave the gears in 3rd, cram on the rear ABS with no worry of a high side, and the bike 'settles' in to the next corner- very effective when boogying with a fat lady.

Offline Gabriel

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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #166 on: November 24, 2018, 03:45:27 pm »
I'm not a fan of these linked brakes because;
I got into a corner a little to fast so I wanted to back-it-in just a little, I applied a little more rear brake but this is not the time to have something unexpected to happen but it did.
I was already carrying a little front brake when I applied a little more rear when the front end dived which as you know it changed the geometry and at the same time my personal exhaust valve change geometry too.
The last thing I wanted/needed at that time was more front brake at that lean angle, it all worked out but it scared the crap out of me.:yikes:
I have owned over 75 motorcycles and been riding since I was 12. I raced for several years but after 15 broken bones and other issues I quit. I don't remember the last time a bike scared me because of some trait that was unique to it.
I also get a slight bump in the rear pedal when stopping some times, does anyone else get this?

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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #167 on: November 26, 2018, 10:21:21 am »
Yes, trail braking uses the front.   Do you know what the separate use of the rear is for?

On the C14? Slow speed (parking lot, U-turns etc.) tight turn maneuvering? Still works for this on linked brakes below 12 mph.
.....and I personally use a lot of rear brake on dirt bikes in dirt, especially going down hill.

I try to use both brakes, even though I agree with Ted that just using the front is much simpler and probably equally effective for my skill level, just because I ride other bikes and none of them have linked brakes.
In my advancing years, I no longer trust that my brain won't use the wrong technique for the bike that I'm on at the time. Speaking of brain farts, I'm not even sure if that last sentence is correct,
triple negatives?  :-\

Offline Poseidon

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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #168 on: November 26, 2018, 07:55:02 pm »
I really thought the linked brakes were going to bother me more than they have. I keep mine on the less linked setting. After a few rides, you get a feel for how much rear brake you can use before the front kicks in. Only time I really use the rear brake is scrubbing off a little speed entering a curve if I come in a little hotter than expected. That doesn’t happen very often now that I have a better feel for the handling and lean angle limits of the bike. Switching bikes between cruiser / bagger and Concours does mess with your entry speeds some.
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Offline Freddy

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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #169 on: November 26, 2018, 10:27:36 pm »
Hi again P.  Good to hear your enjoying your new C14.  Fortunately for you, Kaw revised the calibration of the 'link' rear to front on your model, reducing, if not eliminating, the unsettling effect Gabriel experienced. 
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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #170 on: November 29, 2018, 10:35:37 am »
On the C14? Slow speed (parking lot, U-turns etc.) tight turn maneuvering? Still works for this on linked brakes below 12 mph.
.....and I personally use a lot of rear brake on dirt bikes in dirt, especially going down hill.

Another use is to tighten your line if you're running just a bit wide due to too much speed or the corner tightening up unexpectedly.  The front would help also, but at that moment,  I don't want more fork dive, because that decreases the fork angle (which tightens the steering a bit and lowers the front of the bike)  and more importantly (to me, anyway) puts more weight on the front when you may already have a lot on it and don't want to add more.
2012 "root beer" C14 - unlinked brakes, reflash, LED headlights, Walmart orange city lights, LOUD horn, Laam seat, radar detector for ahem, reasons.
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Offline BrissyGTR

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Re: Linked Brakes Fixed
« Reply #171 on: December 02, 2018, 12:31:40 am »
Check out this mod Gabriel for unlinking the GEN2 brakes. It is only recommended IF you are confident at working on braking systems.

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=13655.msg271927#msg271927