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post #1 of 9 Old May 27th, 2014, 7:11 pm Thread Starter
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I have an 09 r12rt that I think is the sweetest ride imaginable but I've found a 73 r75/5 swb in really good shape to add to my collection. The only thing causing hesitation on purchase is the mechanical brakes. I'm afraid that being used to abs I might have problems getting the feel for less stopping power. So my question is how good, or bad, are mechanical brakes.
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post #2 of 9 Old May 27th, 2014, 7:58 pm
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Re: Mechanical brakes

By mechanical brakes do you mean non abs brakes?

If that is what you mean ask yourself how often have you activated abs brakes last week, last month...... Probably you haven't and are fine without abs 99.9% of the time but that rare occasion that you need them well they are worth every penny they cost. I would ride a bike without abs brakes but I prefer to have one with abs. If on the other hand the bike has drum brakes I would be less enthusiastic.

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Re: Mechanical brakes

Drums front & back, non hydraulic, activated by steel rods. I'm not so enthusiastic about that myself but the bike is otherwise great. It has the larger tank, not toaster, western bars that I would try to replace with euro, and 30k on the odometer. I've just never ridden anything with brakes like this and wondering what those that have think about them.
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Re: Mechanical brakes

I would not hesitate purchasing the R75. When switching rides you just have to be aware of the riding requirements and adjust braking distances accordingly.

Installing fresh brake shoes would assist in performance of the brakes on an 41 year old bike.

My 05 R1200RT has the power servo brakes and only requires light finger pressure on front brake. The worst braking Airhead I ever had, surprisingly was my '94 R100GSPD (even with a front caliper upgrade). Reefing on both brakes was required, if I was to do that on my RT I would probably do a front brake stand.

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Re: Mechanical brakes

I've already made up my mind to get the 75. I'll just have to take it easy, learn the braking capability and stay off the back brake. ABS brakes are so forgiving. 1st thing I'll do is inspect the brakes and replace anything that needs it. Thanks all for the input.
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Re: Mechanical brakes

I would use the back brake as well, you are going to need all the braking she has.

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Re: Mechanical brakes

Almost dumped my V strom (non-abs) once by hitting the back brake too hard while going into a curve too fast. I've learned a lot about riding technique since then but I'm still very leery about using the back brake on non abs. Your right though, I'll need to learn to use that back brake. I'll just have to be very conscious of application.
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Re: Mechanical brakes

An informative forum for Airheads;

http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=85

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Re: Mechanical brakes

Well maintained, the R75/5 brakes were excellent. ( for their time )
Front uses double leading shoes, activated by using both inner and outer cable. Quite clever, very simple and powerful when set up correctly.
This system equalizes the force applied to both brake shoes in the front drum.
The rear is a conventional single leading shoe.
The SWB model wasn't as stable at speed.
The extra 50mm (IIRC) in the swing arm made a big difference.

Enjoy the new ride.

Just read the link above. Very informative.

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