To say the least if not less.
I was checking the rear brake action with the bike jacked up. During the week I thought that maybe the bike had be on the ground and "settle" to make the proper alignment and adjustments.Spins freely by hand....makes me wonder if you are trying to adjust the brakes while the bike is jacked up???
You cannot adjust the brakes while the bike is up on a jack, when you lower the bike the brakes are going to be way too tight and will burn up. With the bike on a jack it releases the tension on the rear brake rod.
Lower the bike to the ground and readjust the brakes.
If I can't do this myself it'll be so. I'll have to wait for a few more pay checks before I can take her in to the dealership. I have a property tax bill due at the end of June that'll need to be paid first. :crying2:Maybe he just broke his brakes and he's too broke to take a break to get his broke brakes fixed?
For me it's a head banger. :brick:This is a real nail biter.
Have someone sit on the bike and press the brake peddle while you lay beside the bike and watch the brake lever on the rear wheel hub.I still have the old shoes, so I'll try putting them back in next weekend (still working long hours) and see what happens. To me the old shoes look identical to the new ones, but maybe I'm missing something. The part numbers check out, but perhaps the shoes were in the wrong box. ?
If the old shoes work out I'll just leave them in. The old shoes were still good, but as long as I had the rear wheel off I wanted to have the experience of changing them.
I still think the short travel distance of the brake rod seems wrong - I think my local dealer has a C50 in stock and if so I'll drop by and see if the brake rod moves as little as mine does. But again I didn't touch anything other than the parts pertaining to removing the rear wheel, so I don't know how I could have messed something up front.
Will keep in touch and let everyone know what's going on.
My concerns would be that if you didn't have that inch of travel before with the old shoes, and now you have that amount, something is still wrong....whether it be an assembly issue, or a spring missing or in the wrong place....etc...:curse::brick::curse:
Well, I put the old brake shoes back in this morning and tweaked the brake arm a bit, and now I have working rear brakes. I still don't have a clue what was going on, the new shoes looked exactly like the old ones and I didn't mess with anything. I'm going to leave the old shoes in for now (they were still good anyways), tighten everything up and go for a ride.
But any tips on readjusting them would be appreciated. I've got about an inch of travel in the brake pedal before the brakes feel like they're working. They feel soft but I can lock the wheel if I stomp on the pedal.
And thanks again for all the help and support.