Anyone switch the rear brake arm around so it’s in against the wheel tighter? Looks like a no brainer, just want to make sure I’m not missing something. I’m putting bags on it and would rather it not interfere with them. Also included is a bobber-in-progress picture. We had a warm day so I rolled it out to start it. Fired right up after 4 months of sitting - no jump or battery tender either.
2009 Rebel 250 Bobber
1971 Yamaha CT1C 175 Enduro
(both from the same first owner)
The battery tender keeps the battery in good condition so you might get the full life out of it. Just because it started the bike after a long discharge period does not mean it didn't need topping up over the winter.
2004 Rebel 250, 2003 BMW K1200GT (roadburner), 2004 BMW R1200GS(all purpose),
1973 Norton Interstate (in a box in the basement)
1968 Triumph Bonneville
Anyone switch the rear brake arm around so itís in against the wheel tighter? Looks like a no brainer, just want to make sure Iím not missing something. Iím putting bags on it and would rather it not interfere with them. Also included is a bobber-in-progress picture. We had a warm day so I rolled it out to start it. Fired right up after 4 months of sitting - no jump or battery tender either.
would that make the rod rub on the tire tho?
1985 Rebel 250 ... 2005 Ruckus 50
Keith from Maine USA - Banning Spammers since 2016
It looks like the bags are against the fender, and mounted to the rear and low. That's probably why they are hitting the rod. If you get some brackets, they should stand the bags out far enough to not only clear the rod, but the shocks too.
Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!
From the picture you supplied I'm not sure the lever for the rear break will fit flipped around, looks like the top would want to be partially inside the drum, but as in all things photographed, it could just be the image, won't know till you try it....
2009 Honda Rebel 250; 2009 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit "The bravest thing for me to do is admit when I am wrong" - unknown HRF Answer #1 You should take the MSF Rider Course HRF Answer #2 You need to clean your carburetor HRF Answer #3 Sorry we assumed if you didn't say otherwise
I have the brackets. They keep the bags well clear of the brake rod. The rod needs more clearance than what looks good sitting still. At speed, even with the tire at proper inflation the tire flexes at times and when you hit bumps it is deformed momentarily. If you ever ride on a low tire, you can feel the load shift when you turn as the center of the rim is outboard of the center of the tread. Personally, I find the feeling a little creepy. I might have to mount a mini cam and get a video just out of curiosity.
My saddle bag brakets don't keep the bag off that brake arm. maybe they did when the bags were new but now the bag rubs on the brake arm. I also noticed the bracket itself was so close to the brake arm that when I hit a bump the bracket hit the top of the brake arm. I added a nut and washer to the bracket bolts to gain some distance. I tried to use a 2x4 to wedge in there and bend the bracket away but was afraid I'd break the bracket weld or the fender trim. Both sides were problematic but it's possible the installation included some bushings to gain clearance and the person who installed it didn't use them.
When I get a vise I will bend the brackets ( avoiding pressure on the weld) so they push the bags away from the bike.
1985 CMX 250
You look much less stupid locking your handlebar lock every night no matter where you park it than looking at the empty space where your bike was last parked.