(My goldwing (1995 GL1500) has a California sidecar attached).
I have a disability, missing my right leg (above the knee). Which means pressing the brake pedal is not a thing I can do.
I ride two wheelers, and use just the front brakes, but with dual disk up front (and weighing like 700 pounds less) that has always been enough.
Currently the right hand brake is plumbed to the right front caliper and
the disc brake on the California sidecar. It is inadequate to stop that monster machine ( 1200-ish pounds before passengers, dog and camping gear). I find that if I apply the front brake And
downshift like a madman
, engine braking helps ... a lot. But this is not a winning long term strategy. Downshifting quickly is difficult and risky in a panic stop situation. The rear tire is a car tire. So if I downshift hard/fast enough I can actual lock up the rear tire. Yup we slow down quickly, but this is asking to break something. Something expensive
So: Options ...
Activate the brake pedal master cylinder with left foot.
I am not a master fabricator. Most of my **** works for a while, but out in the wild, under harsh conditions ... not so much ...
Fabricating a foot pedal on the left side to activate the rear brake caliper, that can withstand the abuse of stopping and especially in a panic stop ... my **** would probably break
(A man has got to know his limitations (Dirty Harry )). So before I pay sparky $75 / hour to fabricate me a pedal ...
This I could do:
If I plumb the right hand brake lever to activate both front wheel calipers will that be better? (No anti lock brakes on this old girl) It is a sidecar, so if I lock up the front wheel, it is not a fatal event ... just a flat spot on the tire. My cunning plan is to swap the sidecar brake and the left front caliper master cylinder sources. So hand brake activates both front calipers, and the foot brake activates both the rear tire and the sidecar brake. If ever I manage to create a pedal with which I can activate the rear master cylinder, I will gain the stopping power of those two other tires, but in the meanwhile, I get the full stopping power of the front tire.
I know the bike (Sidecar) will tend to want to veer left on braking. This can be compensated with brute force input by the pilot into the handlebars. I have the upper body strength to manage that. I have had other sidecars with no sidecar brake, so previous experience is my proof for that premise ...
Finally we get to the question:
Is the front brake Master cylinder up to the task ? Or will I have to pump the brake ? ( Pumping the front brake seems like the wrong approach, especially in a panic situation ) I understand pressure is equal regardless of the size of master cylinder size.
The question is 'Will Stock Master cylinder to move enough fluid to drive two calipers (slave cylinders) with one squeeze ?
Or do I need to move to a larger master cylinder that is made to move enough fluid to drive two slave cylinders ?
I love my Goldwing, with a sidecar and I want to be safe. I would be grateful for any thoughts /comments / suggestions ?