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The BSA Workshop => Pre War => Topic started by: DEAN SOUTHALL on 08 February, 2017, 21:06:53

Title: Sloper brake problem
Post by: DEAN SOUTHALL on 08 February, 2017, 21:06:53
I have to reverse my Sloper out of the garage down a steep drive but this has became a real challenge as my front brake does not work at all in reverse! I can end up in a real pickle if the engine stalls as sometimes I need tp manoevre back and forth around cars parked on the drive. I have yet to develope the skill of kick starting the  bike whil holding it on the brake with the other foot!

Any suggestions on how to fix the front barke so it won't roll backwards ould be gratefully recieved.
Title: Re: Sloper brake problem
Post by: JulianS on 09 February, 2017, 14:20:55
Sounds like your front brake is a left toe operated option?

If yes then you could consider converting to either hand operated or the dual hand/foot operated option?

The significantly shorter cable from handle bar might help improve operation?
Title: Re: Sloper brake problem
Post by: DEAN SOUTHALL on 09 February, 2017, 14:36:33
No, I'm afraid its already hand operated Julian.

If I ever get round to fitting the sidecar I have a left foot pedal to operate the sidecar brake. Its a new repro pedal off ebay but you'd never guess, beautifully cast steel and all the fitting and a spot-on BSA piles arms stamped on it.
Title: Re: Sloper brake problem
Post by: TTJOHN on 11 February, 2017, 11:54:55
I thought there was a dual braking system on the sloper, when the front brake is applied it also operates the rear also.
Title: Re: Sloper brake problem
Post by: JulianS on 11 February, 2017, 13:39:29
John

I dont think they were linked front and rear.

You could specify either a foot operated front brake (left toes)  or a hand operated front brake or a front brake with hand and foot operation, with rear operated by right foot.

Photo from 1929 catalogue.
Title: Re: Sloper brake problem
Post by: DEAN SOUTHALL on 12 February, 2017, 18:16:45
The foot operated front brake option handly provides a frame mounting point for the sidecar brake pedal.

However this isn't getting me nearer to resolving the 'no front brake effect in reverse' problem. Its possible that the standard geomerty means that they were all like this. In the meantine I'm going to have to get the books out and study braking geometry and forces. I started doing this a while ago but it made my head hurt. Hence the lazy approach and seeking an instant solution from you knowledgable lot.