Rear brake height tall rider

I'm a pretty new rider and I just bought a 2000 YZ 426 and I've ridden it probably 5 or 6 times.

I have adjusted the rear brake lever to its lowest position and it still lines up at the top of my foot when I'm sitting on the bike. To apply rear brake I have to lift my whole leg and place it on the rear brake lever. It's not as simple as rotating my foot like I'm used to on a road bike.

I'm 6'3" and my knees are forward of the air scoop holes when I'm on the bike, so I think my height just gives my lower leg a pretty extreme angle and the little Japanese guys at Yamaha just never designed it to be adjusted that low.

So two questions:

1. I am supposed to have the rear brake lever under my foot so I don't have to lift my leg to apply rear brake aren't I? A guy at the track the other day told me you don't want your rear brake under your foot because it's too easy to accidentally apply it. That seemed like strange advise to me.

2. What do I need to do to get this brake lever in the right position. I'm sure I'm not the first tall guy to run in to this problem. Again, I've adjusted the pedal to it's lowest position per the Yamaha owners manual.


You do not want your brake pedal to go lower than your footpeg when you press it b/c if you are in a rut it can catch the pedal and rip it off (and often injur your ankle in the process). I'm 6'1'' and I run my pedal just above the height of my footpeg. You should have to take your foot off the peg to hit the brake when you are sitting down.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now