BC Sport Bikes Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts
R

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Putting safety issues aside, is it legal to ride a bike that only has a rear brake? Or does it require both a front and front?

Rob
 

·
Version None
Joined
·
194 Posts
cosworth said:
One brake is required. Although, If the second brake is present and non-functional it's illegal.
Wrong. Sorry, Cosworth.

Please reference Motor Vehicle Act Regulation Division 5.02 (5):

(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a motorcycle shall be equipped with a brake on each wheel in contact with the ground, other than a wheel attached directly to a sidecar, and the brake on a rear wheel shall be operated by a right foot control, except where the motorcycle has a motor that produces 3.75 kW or less, in which case the rear wheel brake may be operated by a control mounted on the left handlebar.

This in someways is contadicted by the Standards of Approval for a Motor Vehicle found in Division 7 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations:

Motorcycles—Motorcycles manufactured with both front wheel brakes and rear wheel brakes must have both brakes performing adequate braking.

also:
Motorcycles—A motorcycle shall not have an angle between the cam operating lever and the actuating cable or rod in excess of 110° when in the fully applied position.

The cam operating lever of a motorcycle shall not be repositioned on the shaft as a means of compensating for a worn cam, worn shoes or worn lining.

The hand or foot brake levers of a motorcycle shall have at least a third of their travel as reserve after the brakes are normally applied.


and
Motorcycles——The brake cable of a motorcycle must not be frayed (one broken strand).

A motorcycle with brake adjusters must be equipped with a method of locking the brake adjusters.

The brake cables of a motorcycle shall not be routed in such a manner that they may be restricted between components of the motorcycle.

The brake pedals of a motorcycle shall be accessible for adequate leverage and safe operating conditions and must be accompanied with a footrest.

The brake levers and pedals of a motorcycle shall be free to return when pressure is removed from them.


Also reference the BC Vehicle Inspection Manual, Motorcycle Safety Inspection Manual, Section 3- Brakes. This manual isn't available online, but can be found at all designated inspection facilities, or through your local CVSE office. Please feel free to PM me if you have specific questions I can help with.
 

·
builder of bikes
Joined
·
4,802 Posts
Krunk said:
Wrong. Sorry, Cosworth.

Please reference Motor Vehicle Act Regulation Division 5.02 (5):

(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1),...


If your bike is manufactured with one brake it's legal. Wrong, sorry, Krunk. The notwithstanding clause permits it for manufacturers and the resulting reg. prohibits people from removing brakes.

Not unlike the side pipes on cars being illegal, but you can get them stock on the Corvette, Viper and the Roush Mustang.
 

·
Version None
Joined
·
194 Posts
cosworth said:
If your bike is manufactured with one brake it's legal. Wrong, sorry, Krunk. The notwithstanding clause permits it for manufacturers and the resulting reg. prohibits people from removing brakes.

Not unlike the side pipes on cars being illegal, but you can get them stock on the Corvette, Viper and the Roush Mustang.
Agreed, Cos. That's why I pointed out the discrepancy created by Division 7 of the regs. I thought that this point would make your above point self evident, but thanks for spelling it out for those of us who can't read and interpret legislation.

Jeez, you like to be right just about as much as I do, hey? Or is it just a problem with being told you were wrong on something... OK, you weren't wrong, you just didn't tell the full story. We cool?

Now for the skill testing question... name a motorcycle manufactured with one brake approved by Transport Canada.
 
D

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
lots of custom choppers are rear brake only.

they are custom, not production, but would probably get into the country somehow. since they end up with a certificate from where ever they are made, they have to be legal someplace.

OCC, WCC, and exile have all made rear brake only choppers.

bad example, but they are out there.
 

·
Version None
Joined
·
194 Posts
doug said:
lots of custom choppers are rear brake only.

they are custom, not production, but would probably get into the country somehow. since they end up with a certificate from where ever they are made, they have to be legal someplace.

OCC, WCC, and exile have all made rear brake only choppers.

bad example, but they are out there.
Only one thing I can say...

"That's not a motorcycle baby, that's a chopper..."

:surrender
 
D

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Krunk said:
Only one thing I can say...

"That's not a motorcycle baby, that's a chopper..."

:surrender
as stated, bad example.

are there any customs from the most famous shops even in canada, other than for the bike show tour?


was just looking up rear brake only bikes on google, and found something about the suzuki burgman being rear brake only due to some 2500 bike/yr import limit. go to zook's site, and both models are shown with front and rear brakes. who knows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,785 Posts
Go down a hill on your mountain bike and panic brake with the rear only then do it with the front and see why you should have both.
 

·
X-nasty
Joined
·
2,287 Posts
5thgear said:
Go down a hill on your mountain bike and panic brake with the rear only then do it with the front and see why you should have both.
After you pick your ass up of the ground from a front brake only panic stop.
 

·
Born to sweep.
Joined
·
611 Posts
Krunk said:
(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a motorcycle shall be equipped with a brake on each wheel in contact with the ground


So if you only have a back brake, as long as you're in a full-time wheelie then no problem. Perhaps this could even be a stunting-ticket defence!
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top