Is there any way of adjusting the rear brake pedal/lever downward? I find that when I am sitting comfortably on the bike that my right foot is angled downward to the point where my foot is resting beside the rear brake lever, not over it. So if I wanted to engage the rear brake quickly, I would have to lift my right foot to find it, whereas on my previous bike, my foot was sitting right over the lever and I would just need to press down to engage it. Looking at the lever, I am not seeing a simple way to adjust the angle of it downward.
You can loosen the top nut #6 and rotate #5 clockwise looking from the top to raise the rear of the brake lever and lower the front. When it's where you want, tighten the top #6 nut. If you bottom #5 on the brake lever, you are out of adjustment room. Yon might get a little more by filing down the bottom of #5 but not much.
I've adjusted mine after I got the bike home from the dealer; it was too high. As usual, GW has the best description, complete with pictures.
And when you adjust it, be sure to adjust the brake light switch also, or else it will be always on.
Like GW suggested, I need a little more downward adjustment than the length of the long #5 bolt allows. I don't like hacking stuff off to fit, but I need another inch of pedal adjustment. I think about an eighth inch would give close to an inch at the pedal, but don't want to totally booger the threads. Not sure from the exploded view if the bolt is removable at the top. Seems like trying to file down on the bike would be tedious if not completely frustrating. Would rather remove and cut. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
Does anybody have any suggestion for grinding/cutting the number 5 bolt in order to adjust the rear brake a little more downward? My bike came with aftermarket lower pegs and even at the lowest possible setting, the rear brake is still a little bit too high. I tried to remove the number 5 bolt but was not able to. What would be the best method for cutting the bottom 1/8"-1/4" off the bolt while it is still attached to the top? There is quite a bit of free play to pull it off the bike a bit while it is still attached at the top if you remove the little cotter pin.
If only the rear brake lever were as easy to adjust as the gear shifter...
The best solution is to use a better peg lowering system. Footpeg and Control Lowering Kit - AdventureTech, LLC. lowers the controls along with the pegs. Before it was available, I did cut #5 and epoxied the ends together inside a bit of tubing. No way would I do that again with a better solution now available.
After reading the reviews about this kit on the other vstrom site I am convinced. I will order a set tonight. I also noticed that my bike already has a few of Rick's products installed on it from the previous owner.