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Offline oldnslo_MO

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brake modes
« on: August 05, 2018, 05:05:01 pm »
going to show my ignorance here.. i have a 2016 c14, what is supposed to be the difference in the braking mode select.. one icon is just two circles, the second has (  ) around the circles.. what do they mean and whats the difference in braking performance???? :17:
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Re: brake modes
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 05:11:23 pm »
It’s the linked brakes. One mode is less invasive than the other. I don’t remember which. If you don’t have an owners manual, Kawasaki has then for free on their website.

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Re: brake modes
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 05:17:41 pm »
The second mode, with the circles around the circles is a higher braking force / linking for riding 2 up or maybe way to fast.  :rotflmao: Steve
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Re: brake modes
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2018, 08:41:58 pm »
going to show my ignorance here.. i have a 2016 c14, what is supposed to be the difference in the braking mode select.. one icon is just two circles, the second has (  ) around the circles.. what do they mean and whats the difference in braking performance???? :17:

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didn't you get one with the bike?


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Re: brake modes
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2018, 10:10:17 pm »
got one with the bike and after reading several times, never quite understood the difference in modes, not to mention the manual never  clearly describing what is mode one or two. i thank steve for making it clear to me. .eureka, finally found it in the manual in a place i overlooked. ..old brains work slow sometimes... :??:
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Re: brake modes
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2018, 10:47:18 pm »
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :)) :)) :motonoises: :rotflmao:

yeah, they conveniently hid that all in the book in the section about "how to operate the motorcycle"..
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which men never read, especially us OLD men... :great:
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Re: brake modes
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2018, 04:08:44 pm »
All,
I never ride two up, at least not so far, but I carry gear in the right bag at about 20 lbs and stuff in the top trunk that weighs about 8 lbs. I set mine on the two up, or circles within circles mode.  I find that it does make the braking more responsive, particularly the rear braking feel.  In the "normal" ope up mode I felt that the travel of the rear brake pedal was way too long before I got any braking reaction.  Note that I did have to become accustomed to the enhanced braking force in two up mode because it also engages the fronts more.  This is on my '12 C14, the newer models I understand have a bit of a different braking map.  My son has a '15 and uses the two up mode as well for all riding, but does not carry as much gear in his bags.

The best example of the change I noted is when coasting downhill with tight turns.  If the speed limit sign says 25MPH and you are doing 35 MPH; if/when you press the rear brake pedal you will get a more vigorous braking reaction from both the front and rear brakes.  Conversely, when you are doing a high speed sweeper, over the limit of course and you need to scrub off a bit of velocity as you enter the apex, it shortens the reaction time which works well for me.  Try it for yourself to see if you can work with it or not.
Before anyone tells me that if "I only planned my entries and exits from corners and curves with more efficiency, the brakes are not needed at all," I say of course, but I am far from a perfect planner; especially on a new road, when following or trying to catch up with my son on his C14 or bring chased by a bear, pun intended.
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Re: brake modes
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 07:29:43 pm »
Mike,
I've ridden behind you a couple times. Only time I see you using the brake is at a stop sign!
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