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    Bike will only roll forward?!?

    Finally had a couple of hours to kill this evening and the rain finally stopped, so I went out to hop on the bike but... I couldn't roll it backwards. I made sure it was in neutral, shifted through the gears a couple of times to double-check, had no problem pushing it forward (yay small bike!), but it felt like it was stuck whenever I tried to roll it backwards off the patio.
    Had to leave it and take the big bike out for a spin instead.

    Has anyone run into this before? It was too dark to see, so I don't know if it might be the chain, or... ???
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    is it a drum front brake model? i had this problem before and it turned out the brake shoe had broken inside the drum, dont know why it would only be hard to roll backwards, but it was.

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    Check your chain and sprockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supachip1 View Post
    is it a drum front brake model? i had this problem before and it turned out the brake shoe had broken inside the drum, dont know why it would only be hard to roll backwards, but it was.
    what he said....had this happen about a dozen times over the years on various bikes.
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    Since the guys mentioned front drum, may want to check the rear drum brakes also.
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    Was it backed up into something? You did say it was dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    Was it backed up into something? You did say it was dark.
    that's awful... awful funny!!! lol
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    Loosen the rear axle nut a little and see what happens. Mine did not like being torqued to 65 ft-lb and did the same thing.

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    Had to work a yard sale today with Mom, so couldn't look at it until around noon. The chain appears to be good. Rear sprocket looks alright and there's about an inch flex, so I don't think it's overly tight... but I really don't know yet. SO. Asked Mom's S.O. about it because he's a big time motorcycle fiend and he also said it was probably the drum brakes. I'm going to go with Drum Brakes for a $1,000 Alex.

    Might as well go ahead and replace the front and rear drum brakes and put that o-ring chain & sprockets on. But it's all good. I still have the big Nomad to ride. One more weekend of paved roads is still one more weekend on a motorcycle!
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    Before you go tearing it apart, lift the rear and have someone rotate the tire back and forth and do the same for the front to narrow it down to where you might be having the problem.

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