low power and brake issue

Randy Grein randygrein at comcast.net
Tue May 27 06:00:18 PDT 2008

My money is on jetting, probably too lean on the needle. Try adding  
another spacer, better yet toss it for a BMC race filter & kit. It  
just works.

Brakes - did you bed the pads in? Does the lever feel solid when you  
finally get some bite? If the answer to #1 is no, ride it around a  
while and do a lot of (easy) stops. The pads should align, rub down  
the high spots and start working. If the answer to #2 is no, you  
almost certainly have air in the lines and some fun trying to get it  
out. Best is to pull the right clipon off so you can tilt it uphill  
and let any bubbles rise to the mc, not just the line/mc junction.

If all that works put the bike on stands, loosen the caliper bolts,  
spin the wheel a few times tapping the brakes then clamp down. Tighten  
the caliper bolts. This seems to align the calipers to the rotors,  
reduces drag and gives much better feel.

FWIW I think the stock brakes are great, but then I started on a '74  
CB550. Just TRY stopping on one of those early disk brakes!!!
Randy Grein, WMRRA #41

On May 27, 2008, at 4:50 AM, Wendell Crain wrote:

> Put together a bike for races at the end of this month. In testing  
> this past weekend, it seems kind of sluggish until rpms get above  
> 4-5K. Then it runs fine on up from there. Did not push to redline  
> since I was on the road to my house and my neighbors would not have  
> appreciated much. It is a stock first gen motor, K&N filter, M4 full  
> system. Jetted the carbs with DJ146 main, a spacer on the needle,  
> and 2.5 turns on A/F. The second issue is the brakes. Braided lines  
> with brand new pads and they seem only marginally better than stock  
> lines and pads. The M/C is the "S" version. My other bike has "N"  
> version and the system is rock solid, all you have to do is breathe  
> on the lever and it'll stop you. This one you pull on the lever and  
> it has no bite until half way through the lever. The lines are  
> Goodridge, but they are a little older. Nothing has any visible  
> damage. I am not sure if I need to try a different M/C or try to  
> pick up some different lines.
> Any suggestions for either of these would be appreciated. Since I  
> have 3 days before I pack up, probably will have to live with the  
> bike the way it is. Unless it is easy change.
> Thanks!
> Wendell
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