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1)My bike has a dial on the front brake lever (1-5). Is it for brake sensitivity or does it adjust the distance of lever to grip?

2)Also, when I am rolling the bike (without ignition on), I hear a sound (rubbing or scuffing) from the front brake area. But when I lightly apply front brake, the scuffing goes away. Is this sound (brake drag) normal?

Thanks all in advance for your input and help.
 

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1)My bike has a dial on the front brake lever (1-5). Is it for brake sensitivity or does it adjust the distance of lever to grip?

2)Also, when I am rolling the bike (without ignition on), I hear a sound (rubbing or scuffing) from the front brake area. But when I lightly apply front brake, the scuffing goes away. Is this sound (brake drag) normal?

Thanks all in advance for your input and help.
a) distance to the grip
b) perfectly normal with disk brakes.
 

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Disc brakes always have a slight 'drag to them, this is due to the constant contact of the pad on the disc(s).
 

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if they didnt drag slightly then you would have to eitehr have a larger brake master cylinder, or you would have to move the brake lever more to get the same grip.
 
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1)My bike has a dial on the front brake lever (1-5). Is it for brake sensitivity or does it adjust the distance of lever to grip?

2)Also, when I am rolling the bike (without ignition on), I hear a sound (rubbing or scuffing) from the front brake area. But when I lightly apply front brake, the scuffing goes away. Is this sound (brake drag) normal?

Thanks all in advance for your input and help.


i guess this applies to rear disk brake too?
 

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i guess this applies to rear disk brake too?
Yep......

The only time disc brakes use a method of retracting the pads away from the rotor is on bicycles where there's so little wheezing and gasping power that they need to avoid even the sounds of the light scuffing.

For your car and motorcycle as long as you can give the wheel a good spin and it coasts for at least a turn everything is good. Out on the road the road vibration and higher wheel revs tends to move the pads back an extra thou or two and that's enough to avoid all but the slightest amount of drag.
 

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1) Yes. You should have one for your clutch too.
2) I don't know, but everyone else is saying "yes" so I will too.
 

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there is no dial, but you will have some type of clutch adjustment, either at the lever, the clutch or both....
 

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I've got a dial on my bike, but I have a hydraulic clutch. Maybe that's the difference. Or maybe it's just because it's a VFR
 

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Hydro clutches typically have dials. Lever clutches typically don't need them since you can easily adjust the reach and friction point with the cable adjusters mentioned by lowlife.
 
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