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CHAPTER THREE
adjustment will be required, but the
adjustment does affect pedal free play. Normal
brake pedal height is about 1 in. (20-30 mm)
below the top of the footpeg.
To adjust the pedal height, loosen the
locknut (Figure 44) and turn the adjuster bolt
as desired, then tighten the locknut. Be sure to
adjust pedal free play after adjusting pedal
height.
Pedal Free Play
The brake pedal must have about 3/8 in.
(8-10 mm) of free play at the pedal or the rear
brake may drag and overheat. Inspect pedal
free play whenever you change the brake pedal
height. or whenever the rear brake drags. Brake
pedal free play is the distance the pedal travels
before the master cylinder pushrod contacts
the piston inside the rear master cylinder.
When the brake pedal has any free play, you
will be able to jiggle the pushrod freely from
side to side. When there is no free play, you
won't be able to detect any movement when
you push the pushrod from side to side.
To adjust free play, loosen the locknut on the
pushrod (Figure 44), then turn the pushrod
until the correct free play is achieved. Tighten
the locknut.
After adjusting pedal free play, spin the rear
wheel to make sure it is turning freely and apply
the brake several times to make sure it releases
fully.
Brake Light Switch Adjustment
1. Turn the ignition switch ON.
2. Step on the brake pedal. The light should
come on just as the brake begins to work.
3.
To make the light come on earlier, hold the
switch body and turn the adjusting nut (Figure
45),
or locknuts, to move the switch body
up.
Move the switch body down to delay the light.
NOTE
Some riders prefer having the light come
on a little early. This way, they can tap
the pedal without braking to warn
drivers who follow too closely.
CA UTION
Do not turn the brake light switch body
or you may twist the wires ofl
Fluid Level Inspection
On models with translucent reservoirs or
transparent windows, check that the fluid level
is between the upper and lower level lines
(Figure 46 or Figure 47) or above the lower line
(Figure 48). If you can not see the fluid level,
remove the reservoir cap.
NOTE
To minimize fluid spillage, hold the
handlebar as close to horizontal as
possible when removing the front
reservoir cap.
Adding Brake Fluid
1. Clean the outside of the reservoir cap
thoroughly with a dry rag and remove the cap.
Remove the diaphragm under the cap.
2.
Add fresh brake fluid up to the upper level
line in the reservoir.
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