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post #1 of 8 Old 08-04-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Demystifying the braking system on the wee

Can someone explain how exactly the braking system works on the wee.

From what I understand the wee has an integral braking system.
If you brake with the front brake only; only front brake is activated?
If you brake with the rear brake only; the integral braking system kicks in and the front brake is also applied automatically?
Does the ABS on the wee come with Rear wheel Lift-off Protection RLP?
The ABS is from BOSH. Is it the latest and greatest?

What happens when you apply the rear brake to stabilize and shorten the turning radius? For example when you do a U-turn, does the integral system kick in and also apply braking on the front wheel? (Not something you would want)
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Good questions. I'd really like to know also. I've not riden an ABS or integrated system before.

I may need to adjust my riding/braking habit when on the Glee.

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The brakes are independent, not linked. Front is front only and rear is rear only. That's true for Wee and Glee. The Glee has a later design and lighter system.

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The brakes are independent, not linked. Front is front only and rear is rear only. That's true for Wee and Glee. The Glee has a later design and lighter system.
Great!

I feel a whole lot better now.

Thanks for the clarification.

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The new Wee has less tendency to stand on it's nose than the old one. Nothing to do with ABS, just better suspension and weight balance.

The ABS is very good, it's better than I am on and off road. It's not as feature-filled as is found on some bikes, but it works very well.

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Can someone explain how exactly the braking system works on the wee.

From what I understand the wee has an integral braking system.
If you brake with the front brake only; only front brake is activated?
If you brake with the rear brake only; the integral braking system kicks in and the front brake is also applied automatically?
Does the ABS on the wee come with Rear wheel Lift-off Protection RLP?
The ABS is from BOSH. Is it the latest and greatest?

What happens when you apply the rear brake to stabilize and shorten the turning radius? For example when you do a U-turn, does the integral system kick in and also apply braking on the front wheel? (Not something you would want)
You may be confusing the Wee with bikes such as the Honda CBF600 and also some BMW models. The Honda has an integrated braking system. On Honda's system, when you apply the rears, rear will engage with some front engagement. When you apply the fronts, only the fronts will engage. This may not be a preferred setup for slow speed manoevouring and tight turns but there is only a small amount of front engagement. When I tested a CBF600SA slow speed manoevouring did not seem to be a problem. I much prefer Suzuki's system, however.

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I'm happy to hear that the brakes are independent.
But would have liked Rear wheel Lift-off Protection. I guess it's not on the wee?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E0p...=player_popout
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It's not mentioned in the literature. Let us know if you can do a stoppie. The long wheelbase will make it difficult. It's 1560mm on the Glee and 1415mm on the Versys in that youtube video.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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