Spree brakes "feeling"

Gros Pingouin /

Quick but weird question: how does a properly operating brake (front and rear, separate and together) feel in a Spree? For instance, if I pull the front brake lever all the way back, would it lock the wheel, drop the nose, or will just slow the scooter to a stop? I am trying to figure out whether the brakes in this 86 are doing what they are supposed to do or are rather unsafe. Thanks! =)

Re: Spree brakes "feeling"

My Spree is also an 86, since I have never had a new one all I can tell you is what my brakes do. The rear brake seems a bit weak, it probably needs to be replaced, now the front brakes grab with very good strength on mine, so well I just squeeze them to slow down for fear of turning end over end. Hope that helps out.

Brian S

Re: Spree brakes "feeling"

Breaks should never lock up no matter how much pressure you put on the lever. They shouldn't lock up. All front brakes are used less and they always feel tighter with a little more grab because people have tendencies to always use the back brakes.

Re: Spree brakes "feeling"

Your rear brakes should be able to lock up and slide the rear end but should not drag upon release. A drum front brake is difficult to lock up on dry pavement, disk brakes are a different story. Your front brakes provide the most stopping power and you should adjust them so that they can be locked up also on dry pavement but shouldn't drag, if they will lock up at all. Learning to use and control them together depending on the road surface is something you'll have to master, don't just rely on your rear brakes all the time. In an emergency situation you'll regret it.

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jess_monster /

Some states make sure you are able to do a skid with your back tire before endorsing a licence.

Re: Spree brakes "feeling"

Hi,Gros! I just wanted to say something in the interest of safety if it's all right.A BIG PROBLEM that can get you hurt is a front brake that is set too tight.Rear brakes don't provide as much stopping power as front brakes,but they're less likely to dump you in the road if they lock-up.This is the worst scenario,other than just a wet,slimy road surface:You enter a sharp curve or intersection and you encounter sand or small gravel as you enter the turn.You have been applying the brake with no lock-up,but the front wheel `hits the grits' and locks and skids out from under you.This is why you almost always apply the rear brake first or simultanoeusly with the front one and also why you shouldn't set the front brake too tightly.BYE!

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