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How much drag should I have? - March 21, 2006, 09:36 AM

OK, I did a quick search....QUICK....and I didn't see it, but if it's already been asked then I apologize in advance.

I was giving my bike the once over this past weekend. Both wheels suspended on stands, naturally. I spun the front wheel and I know there is supposed to be some drag from the front brakes, but how much exactly? Or am I completely wrong and there should be no drag? It has been only one season with very few rides since my pads where changed and the rotors have never been resurfaced/turned.

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March 21, 2006, 10:28 AM

I asked this q to Kasey over the summer, he said you should get between 1.5 and 2.5 full rotations out of the front tire with a good spin. Now, this doesn’t mean launching the thing hard as you can, but put some elbow grease in it. I routinely got only 3/4 to 1 rotation out of my front tire. Turns out my front right caliper had 3 of the 6 pistons seized. At least it explained why I experienced brake fade at Summit Jefferson.


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March 21, 2006, 10:42 AM

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I asked this q to Kasey over the summer, he said you should get between 1.5 and 2.5 full rotations out of the front tire with a good spin. Now, this doesn’t mean launching the thing hard as you can, but put some elbow grease in it. I routinely got only 3/4 to 1 rotation out of my front tire. Turns out my front right caliper had 3 of the 6 pistons seized. At least it explained why I experienced brake fade at Summit Jefferson.
Outstanding! Thanks, I'm good then.
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March 21, 2006, 02:48 PM

1.5 to 2.5? That's pretty crappy. With average spin my VFR is good for about 5 rotations, my SV 10. If I could only get a few rotations I would be cleaning my calipers, checking the pad wear and wheel bearings and adjusting the wheel spacers.


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March 21, 2006, 02:56 PM

shit, seriously? I'm lucky to get one on my Gixxer.



Let's hear it for the front straight at VIR come Monday... crap. I always thought my brakes weren't strong enough but I'm a nub so I ignored it.. maybe a few of my calipers are seized.
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