ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby oslin2014 » 15 Sep 2014, 15:22

Sorry guys and each to there own etc but for the life of me I can not think why anyone would want a parking brake on there bike unless it is auto, I either leave it in gear on a hill if I am parking or if in transit I have two brakes to choose from ???
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby Uncle Phil » 15 Sep 2014, 20:36

You won't see the need til you have one - trust me! ;-)
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby oslin2014 » 16 Sep 2014, 13:12

OK I will wait to be surprised :-)))
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby mbrST1100 » 16 Sep 2014, 16:03

oslin2014 wrote:...I can not think why anyone would want a parking brake on there bike unless it is auto, I either leave it in gear on a hill...

There numerous situations that Middleton comes very useful...
Like brief stops on the shoulder for: flipping your map/punching the GPS, fixing something on your tank-bag, shoo that annoying midge out your helmet, adjust/put on/take off sun/glasses, close your helmet chinstrap (you'd forgotten to tighten at the halt just 30 seconds ago), help your pillion doing similar, reconnect you/your pillion's intercom cable (or, if you're a new-age believer: help your pillion getting her BT-gadget to work, as she (again!) fat-fingered the buttons... :P ), stop a a Kodak-point to do just that shot (since too narrow for a car to stop and too far to walk back from the "nearest" parking area...), adjusting/closing your jacket cuff-links, zipper, pockets, collar, etc, etc...

Further: stopping at the booths of toll roads, ferry-ports, auto-trains... added security when(while tying the bike down on ferry decks, flat-bed cars, trailers...
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby PigpenST » 16 Sep 2014, 18:16

Well, in almost 40 years of riding I've probably done most of those things and never thought, "I wish I had a parking brake."
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby Uncle Phil » 16 Sep 2014, 21:52

PigpenST wrote:Well, in almost 40 years of riding I've probably done most of those things and never thought, "I wish I had a parking brake."
Each to their own.


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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby Gareth R » 17 Sep 2014, 09:25

I want one as I've been in situations sometimes, especially with a pillion, using the side stand to hold the bike so I can use both hands ain't enough - shame about the other issues though.
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 17 Sep 2014, 09:33

I used the parking brake on numerous occasions during our European tour. Parking on hills. On the Chunnel train. Parking in sloping hotel car parks. Stopping quickly on a slope and needing both hands to extract an insect from inside my helmet. As UP says, until you have one you don't appreciate how easily it can improve some situations!
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby alans1100 » 17 Sep 2014, 10:04

I guess it's one of those don't miss if you haven't got items.

When I first heard about one for the 1100 I thought that it maybe a good idea to have one but so far I haven't been in a situation where I would have used it had I bought one.
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Re: ST1300 PARKING BRAKE

Postby John OoSTerhuis » 19 Sep 2014, 04:04

Uncle Phil wrote:Cause you ain't never had one .... :D


What Phil sez!

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