Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Bellevue, WA, USA
Sometimes I think this "crappy rear brake" thing feeds upon itself, we read a number of threads with lots of replies and complaints and that sets us off on a journey. "Soft" vs "Firm" always seems subjective to me, especially if you have more than one bike and are [subconsciously] making comparisons. I spent some time bleeding my rear brake last year; I also adjusted the pedal position which made quite a bit of difference to "feel". Obviously, one should take care to ensure that the brake is not binding at rest.
Now my test is simple: can I lock the rear wheel and trigger ABS at low speed, with no front brakes? If it's yes, then I'm done and stop worrying about it: in a real emergency, you're going to pull and stamp down much harder than normal; all the weight of this big bike is going pitch forward and the load is all going to be on the front tyre and brakes; imho, the contribution of the rear brake is probably limited, relatively speaking, under those conditions.
1976 RD400 (Project), 1997 916 Biposto, 2013 Street Triple R, 2014 Multistrada 1200S