Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

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Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Rallyguy » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:57 pm

Newbie question: should I be using the parking brake?

Why not just put it in 1st or reverse as conditions dictate?

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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by WEGUNTER » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:06 pm

Your choice. I almost never use mine. Don't expect that thing to hold on a steep grade. I use a chock block. Yes you can also throw it in reverse

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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by rivers » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:12 pm

I'm with Mr. Waz, it's a personal call. I never used mine on a drum or disc brake Ural. IMHO goofy thing is more grief than it's worth.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Penrod » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:57 pm

As the rear pads wear, the parking brake needs constant adjustments. I stopped using it after the first riding season and just put it in gear. Usually reverse. Do that and you will never drive off with the parking brake on. Less easy to do that on newer Urals, now that the parking brake lever is up on the handle bars, easy when it was down on the right side above the reverse lever.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Beastmaster » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:57 pm

I park with my bike in gear and just use the brake when parked on an incline to augment the gears.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by windmill » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:30 am

As a year round daily rider for the past 10 years, I've always used the parking brake on both my drum and disc rigs.
I've found that the new style disc parking brake with the lever on the handlebar, coupled with semi-sinterd pads will stay in adjustment for more than a month in daily use. With its lever location on the handlebar, and a warning light on the speedo, I haven't attempted to ride off with it engaged like I did a few times with the drum setup.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by harryball » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:24 am

I use it, wife uses hers, also put them in reverse if there is any incline in case some jerk walks up and goes "what does this lever do" and releases it.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by hotflash44 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:53 am

Rallyguy wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Newbie question: should I be using the parking brake?

Why not just put it in 1st or reverse as conditions dictate?
im with most of the folks here, find a easy alternative that works. sort of depends on the ground level. i wimp out and do the easy first gear method myself. worse thing that ever happened to me was putting a Triumph on the center stand in the Arizona summer and it sunk all the way up in the hot asphalt. :cheers:
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by RockyH » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:46 pm

Due to constant adjusting I have pretty much abandoned mine and just leave it in gear.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by sagerat » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:50 pm

I’ve ridden Urals for nearly 15 years as a commuter, a day tripper, and short tours. I’ve used the parking about three times.

Just put it in gear; I use the piece of wood I carry for my scissors jack as a wheel chock if needed.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by chaos2 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:36 pm

I gave up on my e-starter and kick the thing to life every time. If it's on a slope an e brake is a must since you need to be in neutral to kick it. I guess you could hold it with the front brake but that's awkward for me. One thing, keep the e brake adjusted so it will stall or seriously bog the engine, otherwise you'll leave it on and drive off with nasty consequences.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:43 pm

Rallyguy wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Newbie question: should I be using the parking brake?

Why not just put it in 1st or reverse as conditions dictate?
I do both - it has been mentioned on here, that if you try the in-gear method BUT you're on a steep enough slope, engine compression won't hold it. It's happened to me, and the parking brake wouldn't hold it either because the pads had worn down, tho I should point out it was working but I was on a longish trip so wore the pads down some just doing that day's mileage thus far. Anyway, so I had to sit there with my foot on the brake pedal. As it happened I only wanted to look at a map and not needed to get off. But for this reason I like to keep the parking brake usable as much as possible. And I agree it is goofy, desperately needs a ratchet system like cars have.

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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Mikey » Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:45 pm

I use it regularly, but the end lead is not strong... so you cant come on to the lever. If a light grab doesn't steady it, then use reverse or whatever. I have already gone through a parking cable as I use to really put meat behind the engagement setting it up solid.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:39 pm

I find my 02 & earlier parking brakes I've owned, to be a little awkward to use. necessary foot pressure on the brake pedal - requires sitting on bike - but not having long monkey arms, I have trouble reaching the lever. If I ever get around to it, I'd like a tank side mounted Reverse, & Parking Brake Lever quadrant. I have most of the parts somewhere....
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by atlasheating » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:57 am

on my 04 the parking brake always worked and held. It WAS very difficult to set. I did not use it much, but when I did it held.
On my '14 the set up is nicer. I think I have it adjusted right and it holds well on a hill. Again, I don't use it much.

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