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Brakes?? what brakes

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jasonsblue81, Sep 4, 2022.

  1. Jasonsblue81

    Jasonsblue81 colorado Kid

    Hey guys. took my 1981 special over to stove praire road . its a long twisty mountain road. wanted to see how bike would handle. It was fun until i had to stop.. not good. took front wheel apart yesterday. my bad!! I had packed the worm gear for speedo cable full of grease. It was all over inside of hub. oops. so got everything cleaned up. then roughed up the pads with 60 grit paper. test ride tonight...... uh ok better yea but still not good guys, back break is about the same. Gonna take back break apart next i guess. ...40 years later is there a break pad that will grip better. get better grip?? plenty of life left on the pads.. pretty hard to go from 45 mph to a 15 curve right now.
  2. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    Greasing your brakes is one way to keep them from squealing... :D

    You are likely stuck getting new brake shoes. Brake cleaner might help some, but brake lining is porous, and if you got grease soaked in, it will leach out every time you brake and heat it up.

    IIRC, you have drum brakes. There isn't really a great variety of shoes available for them. I got whatever ones were in stock at the time. They work fine, just being new makes a lot of difference.
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  3. Jasonsblue81

    Jasonsblue81 colorado Kid

    thaks J not sure how safe twisty mountain roads are going to be at high speed on this bike, to be honest i may need to find something else for that type of riding.
  4. Jasonsblue81

    Jasonsblue81 colorado Kid

    i just worked on my 2003 shadow front disc brake and its still not great either
  5. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    That a good call.

    I love the XS, but it's by no means a performance bike, especially in the Heritage trim with drum brakes.

    It's a great bike around town, and really awesome to take to the bike night at the local brewery, but for twisties you need more grip, better stopping, and a more modern suspension.

    Not super-familiar with Shadows, but knowing old bikes... Do you still have the original hose? Hold it and see it if you can feel it balloon when you grab the lever.

    If you can, probably time for a nice braided hose replacement. The difference that makes is more than you think.

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