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    Default I'm an idiot...HA !

    So, after my latest purchase of another GS450S, I decided that it is time to let the '84 GS1100GK go. I got it out of storage and brought it home to get wake it up again. It took next to nothing to get it going again (it is the most reliable bike that I've ever owned) but I was having trouble with rear brake not releasing. The rear brake has always been a bit wonky. I took it apart 3 times, cleaned, reassembled, etc....but the it still was still difficult to roll around and it seemed that stupid brake still would not operate properly.
    Last night after taking it apart once again, I sat down for a minute to think about it. What could it be ?? I am well versed in the braking system and was confident that I did everything correctly. What could it be ?? Then I had this thought....what if it wasn't the rear brake at all....
    Yep. The brakes are locked up and the FRONT wheel would not rotate at all without great force. So , I removed the front calipers and will work on them over the weekend.

    Did I mention that I'm an idiot ???
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    Funny story! Time for you to take a refresher course in N, S, E & W, up and down, and, of course, front and back.
    1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

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    We tend to gravitate to the last known problem.

    When consulting the magic 8 ball for advice, one must first ask it "will your answers be accurate?"

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    Just think Larry, none of us have ever done anything like that before, you're the only one. Be glad you figured it out before someone else did.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry D View Post
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    Yah, we often first suspect the thing that has been problem in past, or the thing we dont like . . . . .

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    "Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again" ... 🤔
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    Quote Originally Posted by storm 64 View Post
    "Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again" ... 樂
    Ha !! I've always heard that...Experience is something you learn immediately after you need it.
    By the way, the rear brakes work great now. Also, if any of you are interested in a pretty nice GK, it will be for sale soon.
    Larry D
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    Welcome to the Mechanical Moron Club.

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    I'm a Charter member

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    When I sold my original ('73) Z1 some years ago, except for the tank, the bike was rusting in the backyard for a decade. Front brake was locked, and buyer asked if I had a hammer. I had a hammer.
    1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

    2016 XL883L Two-tone blue and white. Almost 42 hp! Status: destroyed, now owned by the insurance company. The hole in my memory starts an hour before the accident and ends 24 hours after.

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