Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

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

Post by Speedbump » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:10 am

I use it when I warm the bike up in the morning before heading to work. My driveway is on a slight incline. It is also nice at long stop lights to just pop it in neutral and don't have to keep my foot on the brake. I just made a habit of reaching down and checking it before heading off.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by keetmanaa » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:47 pm

I use this. Always works, never forgotten, fits in tank box, cheap
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:12 pm

I have an aversion to such things, A. you'll never see a vehicle factory designed to use permanent hydraulic pressure to keep it from rolling away; B. I've had the front tyre not hold on a slope, and that's solos never mind a X00 lbs rig.

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

Post by windmill » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:46 pm

Speedbump wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:10 am
I use it when I warm the bike up in the morning before heading to work. My driveway is on a slight incline. It is also nice at long stop lights to just pop it in neutral and don't have to keep my foot on the brake. I just made a habit of reaching down and checking it before heading off.
My uses are similar to yours, plus I have a manual garage door, and to rail crossings on my commute. The other options are a bigger hassle for me, even with the old drum setup, and the latest iteration is effortless to use, it's state is instantly recognizable with the lever on the bar, and an idiot light on the speedo.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by keetmanaa » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:33 pm

Mr Wazzock wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:12 pm
I have an aversion to such things, A. you'll never see a vehicle factory designed to use permanent hydraulic pressure to keep it from rolling away; B. I've had the front tyre not hold on a slope, and that's solos never mind a X00 lbs rig.

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

Post by stagewex » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:35 pm

Yes, I use the parking brake. But only with the bike in gear (1st or reverse) when actually parking/leaving the rig.
Would I park the bike in gear (1st or reverse) only? Sure.
Would I park the bike with the parking brake only? Never. I wouldn't for my Jeep either (6 speed manual).

Pretty typical if you learned to drive on a manual/stick-shift car.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Eric N » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:15 pm

You can tell the people that don't kickstart their bikes. Try kickstarting on any type of slope without a good parking brake.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by Mike_from_Germany » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:48 am

Hi,

on my 2018 cT I find the parking brake not very useful. If it is adjusted right it does its job for some days, but then...

So I think about changing the rear brake caliper and use something more common. Does anyone have an idea what I could use? Not sure what elder models with rear disk brakes have used. Has anyone an idea? Or just tech specs of the caliper? Diameter of the brake pistons (is this the right word?)

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

Post by Eric N » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:43 pm

Mike_from_Germany wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:48 am
Hi,

on my 2018 cT I find the parking brake not very useful. If it is adjusted right it does its job for some days, but then...

So I think about changing the rear brake caliper and use something more common. Does anyone have an idea what I could use? Not sure what elder models with rear disk brakes have used. Has anyone an idea? Or just tech specs of the caliper? Diameter of the brake pistons (is this the right word?)

Kind regards,

Michael
Hi Michael,

There are several processes people use to adjust the brake. I just loosen the 16mm (5/8") nut that the cable connects to, twist the adjuster until it's snug, loosen 1 tooth and reconnect. Although a common adjustment, I can do it in less than a minute.

With the stock brake pads, I had to make that adjustment almost every tank of fuel. I drive in city traffic and it was putting wear on the rear brake. Highway driving I can go a long time, but city is frequent adjustments.

The semi-sintered pads seem to last longer between adjustments. They're not perfect, but it's every other tank of fuel or what feels like twice as long between adjustments. I don't know if you've yet worn out your rear pads, but switching to the semi-sintered might be an easier option than trying to find a different caliper that would still have a parking brake installed.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by sagerat » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:51 pm

Eric N wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:15 pm
You can tell the people that don't kickstart their bikes. Try kickstarting on any type of slope without a good parking brake.
I just apply the front brake when I kickstart on a slope. Yes, a little harder to crack the throttle, but still doable.
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Re: Newbie: should I be using the parking brake?

Post by BinDerSmokDat » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:01 pm

My parking brake has been out of adjustment since late 2010 and has never been used after.
On level pavement I just leave it in gear.
I carry a wheel chock for when I'm parking on the steep stuff.
Remember no matter where you park it to angle the handlebars towards the curb, so it will roll forward or backward and stop rather down the hill or out into traffic.

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