Gas Scooter Brakes
Your gas scooter brakes are all that's between you and stopping safely. Know what to look for and how to maintain them.
Gas scooter brakes are an important part of any gas scooter for obvious reasons but are perhaps the most overlooked. Look at any major site specializing in performance parts to make your scooter go faster and you will not see a corresponding number of upgrades to make it go slower when you brake. Make sure the braking system of the scooter you purchase is consistent with the scooter's top speed.
Gas scooter brakes come in three basic arrangements and the differences are huge. Consideration must be given to:
The three basic arrangements for gas scooter brakes are Drum Brakes, Caliper Brakes and Disc Brakes.
Here are the differences:
Gas Scooter Drum Brakes
Gas Scooter Caliper brakes
Gas Scooter Disc Brakes
Gas Scooter Brake Cables
At this point you need to take some slack out of the cable, OR more importantly replace the brake lining. Brake lining will either be the pads for disc brakes or the shoes for drum brakes. When you put in the new linings, much of the slack in the cable will be removed and the brake response will come back fairly close to new scooter condition. To replace drum brakes, you will have to remove the wheels. For disc brakes, simply replace the external brake pads and slip new ones in.
I just went to our comparison chart and counted over 15 models with disc brakes. Some models you will notice have a combination of disc and drum brakes. Three great gas scooters with disc brakes front and back are the Super Razorbacks, the Rasers, and the Mosquito Hornet. I like the Mosquito Hornet for it's heavy duty build, and of course it has the front and rear disc brakes actuated by a high quality Shimano system. Use the comparison chart to see the other models with both front and rear disc brakes as well drum/disc combinations.
Like a car, gas scooter tires play a big role in stopping distance. If you missed our article Tires: Size Does Matter, here's the link to find it in our archives.
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