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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-29-2018, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Default How much travel is "normal" in rear brake pedal?

Never had abs before and this bike is different than my other so not sure if it is me or if there is an issue. Rear pedal barely moves. Fluid looks good and at right level in the reservoir.
Brake does work but I'm used to a pedal that moves more. Not sure if it's something to fix or if it's me.
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If I recall, the HD Ultra Classic pedal moved more than my XCT pedal. Can't really remember but that's the impression I have. I'll add that if the wheel is free when you are not pressing the brake, but the bike stops when you press on it, then it's good.



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Haha yes that is one way to look at it. I will need to jack the rear to see if it spins freely.

Only have maybe 2 inches of movement on the pedal, I can roll fine in neutral and pushing pedal stops me. I'm a little concerned with such little travel making it difficult to lightly brake when needed. I suppose just something I'll have to get used to.
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If your brake is dragging you would know about it. You will smell it and see if the rotor is warm. If your brake light is working proper I would think you are good to go.

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I just checked the two 2012 XCT bikes we have here and each has at most 1.5" of rear brake pedal travel and possibly closer to 1". I think what you describe is normal.
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I just checked the two 2012 XCT bikes we have here and each has at most 1.5" of rear brake pedal travel and possibly closer to 1". I think what you describe is normal.
Thanks. I showed my uncle doing my show and tell on the bike and he said it about same with his. I just have to be careful but I guess with abs a lock up is less likely.
All part of learning my new ride. 20 miles mixed city and highway it's a lot different than my VTX.

Clutch is hard to figure out prior owner added an extra arm to it so trying to find where the friction zone is at. So far I seem to have all on or all off.
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Theoretically, with ABS, it should be impossible to lock up the rear wheel. The rear is the easy one to test. Get going and hit the rear brake hard. In the unlikely event it does lockup and the rear tire starts to slide out on you, you can immediately release the brake and get things back under control.

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Yeah I was thinking that one is easy to test. I'm not crazy enough to test the front abs...
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Yeah I was thinking that one is easy to test. I'm not crazy enough to test the front abs...


I, on the other hand, did. On a gravel driveway. Works great!


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Yeah I was thinking that one is easy to test. I'm not crazy enough to test the front abs...
Not crazy, it's the sanest thing you can do so you know what to expect when the time comes. It's foolish not to practice emergency braking.
BTW, my rear brake pedal hardly moves at all, yet the brake functions A-OK.

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