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  • Offline pedro   pt

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    Rear break problem - everything looks ok but doesn't break
    on: January 13, 2021, 10:59:28 pm
    January 13, 2021, 10:59:28 pm
    Hi,
    I bought one month ago a 2017 MTS 950.
    Noticed recently that the rear break has no breaking power. I hardly use it, but it's good to know it's there if you need it on an emergency. Checked the pads, disk, bleed the rear brakes (in a Honda Dealer) and it remains useless.
    It has only 5000km, any suggestion?
    Thanks in advance,
    Pedro

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    Re: Rear break problem - everything looks ok but doesn't break
    Reply #1 on: January 14, 2021, 10:29:25 am
    January 14, 2021, 10:29:25 am
    I would say that's pretty normal, most bikes are like that IMO, you really should be using the front brakes for the majority of the time, rear is merely supplemental to smooth things out.   :002:

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    Re: Rear break problem - everything looks ok but doesn't break
    Reply #2 on: January 14, 2021, 10:52:50 am
    January 14, 2021, 10:52:50 am
    The 950 rear brake is particularly poor.

    The pedal is too small and almost under the engine casing making it almost impossible to apply enough pressure.

    I fitted an enlargement plate to the pedal and that transformed it. I can now put enough pressure on the brake pedal to hold the bike two up for hill starts.  That was not possible before.

    If I remember well the maker was called Alt Rider. The gadget can also be fitted with a raised section for use when standing to ride off road but i didn't bother with that bit,  just the pedal enlarger.

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    Re: Rear break problem - everything looks ok but doesn't break
    Reply #3 on: January 14, 2021, 10:57:27 am
    January 14, 2021, 10:57:27 am
    Hi,
    I agree that the front brake is the main option to stop the bike. But I can't even stop riding at 5km/h  :232:
    My 28 year old Kawasaki ZXR rear brakes better than this MTS.

    I have to keep searching for a solution :)

    I'll look at the position of the pedal and consider the altrider enlarger.

    Thank you all.

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    Re: Rear break problem - everything looks ok but doesn't break
    Reply #4 on: November 27, 2023, 11:12:48 pm
    November 27, 2023, 11:12:48 pm
    Reviving an old post in case anybody else has this issue. The rear brake on my V2S was useless but I was planning to tackle a little off road section so I needed something that would work. The OEM pads still had plenty of meat on them but just wouldn't slow the bike. I replaced them with EBC FA181 HH and gave the rear disk a scrub with brake cleaner and it transforms the rear brake. I can now activate the ABS with just the rear pedal!

    I suspect the original pads were contaminated rather then just useless, but I will stick to OEM up front (I love the feel) and EBC for the rear.

     


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