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Old 17 Sep 2009
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To ride 1000 miles no rear brake?

Hi all

Not sure if I am quite posting this in the right forum, so apologies.

I am in Phoenix, Arizona at the moment and I really have to get somewhere over 1000 miles away in a few days.

The rear brake line on my Kawasaki KLR has snapped and no matter how hard I try I cant seem to find anyone to guarantee sending it out quicker than 3-5 days.

I havent got enough time to wait so can anyone tell me if I stupid to attempt to embark on the trip without the rear brake.


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I have a old (1999) KLR650 and I have found that the rear brake is not that great in the first place.
I have always prefered using the front brake before the rear.
If you are going to be on paved roads I would do it.
On dirt roads I would not like to be going down hill without a rear brake.
Which direction are you going ?
There could be Kawasaki shops along the way.
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I once rode a BMW outfit from Rome to Leeds via Hamburg three up with only the front brake working!

What's up with yours? In my case it was the pads that crumbled. In a final, one off, real emergency stop, the backing material would have done something, but in terms of stopping 3/4 of a tonne it wasn't a huge factor (I know, I tried it on my last 250 yds going 35-0!). Keep the speed low, think about your stopping distances and you can ride miles without even touching the brakes.

The one you can't do without two working brakes is mud, snow or certain methods of holding a solo bike on a slope.

Good luck and if in doubt wait for parts to catch up, but I wouldn't let it ruin your day without trying to go on.

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Check back at ADVrider, you may have some help.
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Thanks for the info/advice guys!

All sorted. Some very lovely chap in the Phoenix area offered to remove his brake line and sell it to me!

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