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I've had the bike about 6 years and it has had 3 sets of linings in.
The set it came with were very "grabby" and one of the linings fell off and jammed the wheel. Luckily this was when I was rolling it out of the garage, not when riding.
The replacement set were bought from Corsa Italiana, and were supposedly "original specification" but were completely hopeless.
On a recommendation from John Dyer (V7John) I got the original shoes re-lined at a place in Cardiff. These are better, but not great.
I looked up how to adjust them, but whether correct I don't know as there are conflicting methods on the 'net. Today's experiment was to shorten and lengthen the linking rods to see if I could tell any difference.
With the rods lengthened, definitely worse. I think that causes the second shoe to lag.
With the rods shortened, slightly better. One turn seemed best, 2 turns made it feel a bit springy.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2018 at 21:16
Wednesday 1st August 2018, Hawick to Carlisle
15 minutes, timelapse




This was a good day actually, the best of the whole trip.




Edited by Mike H - 10 Aug 2018 at 16:36
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2018 at 22:00
I remember from my days with the Norton Commando, the 2LS brakes were a pain to get right. Even had mine relined and skimmed to fit the drum by Joe Dunphy (AM4 linings) and it was still rubbish. Swapped to a Norvil single racing disc in the end and could outbrake anything, then the bike got nicked.

4LS must therefore be twice as difficult.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jerry atric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 2018 at 07:33
Have you tried the Titch Allen recommendation of putting a long chamfer on the leading edge of each shoe? As you know, the physics of a brake shoe are not very efficient. If you look at the shoes now you will be able to see where they are making contact with the drum and file them down to increase that area. Sorry if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, just throwing some ideas you may have forgotten about
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Originally posted by Tris Tris wrote:

After a year long battle I think I've beaten the big Breva into submission what with:-

a) Water in the speed sensor killing the bike and taking ages to find
b) Bending the pins on the ECU while trying to work out "a" above
c) Cleaning everything within an inch of its life trying to resolve a long running low idle issue
d) A winter/spring when it never stopped raining
e) FINALLY identifying the cam sensor as the root cause of the low idle
f) A recalcitrant carbtune that kept lying to me until I worked out how to clean the inside of the 
   brass sleeve using a cotton bud and a squirt of Servisol

So today I've ridden him to work and with a final finessing of the TB balance and I suspect a tweak of the "sacred screw" to get it to where it should be before the Previous Owner messed with it tonight, I think I can call it DONE

WAHOO Smile 

PS if any one needs a cheap (£25 ish + your time) solution to the speed sensor give me a shout and fit a Fiat cam sensor - it works fine Thumbs Up

HEROIC!   Well done.  I don't even understand what you're talking about but a good job, I applaud your perseverance.  I wish I could make my 1200 Sport run sweeter, it doesn't have a fault but suffers the typical Euro 3 emissions snatchiness.

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Do with me bike today....?  I discovered a fabulous road - smooth, empty road, sweeping curves and corners for mile after mile. I was on a charge: the 1200 Sport was going so well I decided not to slow down  on the corners to see what this big bike can do, with my toes pulled back onto footrests my boot still kissed the road. Huge fun. For a big old softie she can do the business.

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This morning I saw what a good rider can really do - I was motoring up a narrow, steep naggery mountain pass more suitable for goats than vehicles, giving the hairpins my best when a German-registered Victory cruiser bike swept past me like I was standing still.  Good for him/her!Thumbs Up

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Took the Stelvio out for a ride around some of the more remote parts of North Yorkshire.

 N Yorks by Doug McLaren, on Flickr

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Originally posted by TooJuicy TooJuicy wrote:

This morning I saw what a good rider can really do - I was motoring up a narrow, steep naggery mountain pass more suitable for goats than vehicles, giving the hairpins my best when a German-registered Victory cruiser bike swept past me like I was standing still.  Good for him/her!Thumbs Up

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Many is the time I have thought I was doing a passable impression of Geoff Duke when someone deflates my ego instantly by effortlessly sweeping past me. Once it was a guy in a tyre fitters transit van!
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I was once swooping down one of the Pyrenees col (l'Aubisque if I remember correctly) on the Commando when a pushbike passed me on the outside of one of the bends.....

On another occasion I was on the Tiger in France where the road was about 10cm deep in newly applied gravel. Nervously tiptoeing along with the bike squirming underneath me when I was passed by a teenage girl on a pink scooter - cardigan flapping in the slipstream, helmet jauntily perched on the back of her head, and (although I can't swear to this) a Gauloise nonchalantly hanging from her lower lip.

I watched in amazement as she fishtailed off into the distance.
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Yesterday evening I took the little Breva down the B1176 and then A151 from Grantham to Bourne and back again. We are still trying to get used to each other.

On the way back, foolishly or not, I attempted to try and keep up with a couple of sports bikes through a series of long sweeping bends. The Breva was having none of it - the bikes started oscillating through these bends. I would have kept up with them on my old BMW. I soon lapsed into a more gentle pace the Breva settled down again.
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Originally posted by Mr Grumpy Mr Grumpy wrote:

Yesterday evening I took the little Breva down the B1176 and then A151 from Grantham to Bourne and back again. We are still trying to get used to each other.

On the way back, foolishly or not, I attempted to try and keep up with a couple of sports bikes through a series of long sweeping bends. The Breva was having none of it - the bikes started oscillating through these bends. I would have kept up with them on my old BMW. I soon lapsed into a more gentle pace the Breva settled down again.
That doesn't sound right. I've never ridden one, but I thought the little Breva had a good reputation for handling.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 2018 at 16:09
Originally posted by iansoady iansoady wrote:

I was once swooping down one of the Pyrenees col (l'Aubisque if I remember correctly) on the Commando when a pushbike passed me on the outside of one of the bends.....

On another occasion I was on the Tiger in France where the road was about 10cm deep in newly applied gravel. Nervously tiptoeing along with the bike squirming underneath me when I was passed by a teenage girl on a pink scooter - cardigan flapping in the slipstream, helmet jauntily perched on the back of her head, and (although I can't swear to this) a Gauloise nonchalantly hanging from her lower lip.

I watched in amazement as she fishtailed off into the distance.


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MMy Breva only gets squirrelly if the tyre pressure drops. Doesn't have to be much...

Then again, I don't play catch up with boy racers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mr Grumpy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 2018 at 17:26
It came with reasonably good Avon roadrunners on it - although I have never been a fan of them. I think pirrellis are supposed to be good. will put more air in them and see whether it makes a difference - the pressure is as recommended at the moment.
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