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post #1 of 42 Old 07-01-2016, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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DL1000 2014 = weak rear brake?

Hello all,

Since I bought my DL1000 2014 I notice how under powered is the rear brake.

note: ABS light does not come up when I break hard. The rear break simple feels soft and does not break a lot.

I initially thought it would be normal because I'm used to supersport bikes, however I saw a video on the internet and there this guy making a comment of how weak his rear brake is on his DL1000 2014 vstrom as well.

Then the original author of the video says that his DL 1000 2104 definitely can break "normally" and even locks the rear wheel if ABS is disabled.

Any one with the same issue?

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post #2 of 42 Old 07-01-2016, 03:37 PM
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Mine's definitely weaker than the front, but better than the rear brake on some other bikes I've had, especially drum brakes. You may want to try replacing the fluid with some freshly opened brake fluid and bleed the line. I also periodically spray some brake cleaner on a rag and wipe the disc well on both sides to clean off any grease or grime.

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Correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure you can't disable ABS on our bikes?
I mostly use the pedal to get balanced smoother braking, or to adjust my line in a curve.

I changed the front pads recently, and the back pads were still close to new, i might not use them at their full potential, who knows

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Correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure you can't disable ABS on our bikes?
I mostly use the pedal to get balanced smoother braking, or to adjust my line in a curve.

I changed the front pads recently, and the back pads were still close to new, i might not use them at their full potential, who knows
ABS can be disabled by pulling a fuse (haven't tried this yet) or while on the centerstand shift into second and rev it up a little for a few seconds.

I think the rear brake is terrific. Plenty of stopping power, easy to skid with the ABS off, and easy to trigger ABS when it's on.

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Correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure you can't disable ABS on our bikes?
I mostly use the pedal to get balanced smoother braking, or to adjust my line in a curve.

I changed the front pads recently, and the back pads were still close to new, i might not use them at their full potential, who knows
To disable abs you can pull the fuse...

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post #6 of 42 Old 07-01-2016, 05:27 PM
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Do you see a switch on your dash or handlebars? Is that feature listed in your manual? If not, to disable abs you will need to pull the fuse...
I was trying to be nice, sheesh


Imho making the bike worse is rarely a good thing.

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As a side note... after re-installing the fuse you will probably have to cycle the power to get ABS back online....

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Haven't tried the rear yet. Weak huh? Good to know, guess I better touch it and get a feel for it.
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post #9 of 42 Old 07-01-2016, 07:38 PM
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Haven't tried the rear yet. Weak huh? Good to know, guess I better touch it and get a feel for it.
You haven't used your rear brake yet? How long have you owned the bike? You missing your right foot or something LOL? You might want to push on it to at least see if it works... I could not imagine riding a motorcycle without using a rear brake....

Here is an article (one of many) that describes why using the rear brake is important...
http://www.therideadvice.com/the-mot...reason-use-it/
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I put in a switch to disable the ABS.

I'm not a fan of ABS and I really don't like it in the dirt.

There is no reason to cycle the ignition to reset the ABS, switch on, switch off, switch on, all good.

I have NO trouble getting the ABS pump to activate from my rear brake and it locks easily with the ABS turned off.
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