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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Front brakes suck??

Havent had any love on my other thread yet which included this topic, but Im very curious... do you front brake suck?

I was extremely disappointed in the braking power @ the front of my 900 this wkd. Almost caused an incident actually (although 50% of it was rider error), but overall it really seems as if the front brakes are pretty weak. Im used to my fronts handling most of my stopping.
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I haven't noticed anything to complain about with mine, but i haven't tried pulling any stoppies with them either.

Maybe a little adjustment is in order?

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Dual disks would be nice but whats there has saved my hide more than once.

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I've been thrown off my bike by braking too hard. The front locked up and flying I went. Lots of road rash, and a couple of broken ribs. $500 in parts for the bike and all is fine. The brakes work just fine, thank you.

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I've been thrown off my bike by braking too hard. The front locked up and flying I went. Lots of road rash, and a couple of broken ribs. $500 in parts for the bike and all is fine. The brakes work just fine, thank you.
Ouch, sunschild! Don't DO that! Dang.

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Both of my other bikes have got dual discs and I have no problem with the stopping power of the single disc on the V900.

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I've been thrown off my bike by braking too hard. The front locked up and flying I went. Lots of road rash, and a couple of broken ribs. $500 in parts for the bike and all is fine. The brakes work just fine, thank you.
Well put.......Glad u weren't hurt 2 bad.......

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There is always subjective opinion but

They seem fine after a year of ownership. Plus I top 300 pounds so they have to work harder.

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I've never felt that my front brake was lacking. If I'm not mistaken, most if not all Harleys only have a single front disc.

I'm thinking a complete function check is in order before you ride. Both caliper pistons working, adequate lining on both pads, adequate fluid in the reservoir.
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try EBC pads... braided steel lines as well.

The braided steel will provide quicker response and more brake pressure will work to stop the bike rather than (minutely) stretching the rubber hose. EBC makes awesome performance brake pads as well.
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