Just a short story/brakes

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Just a short story/brakes

Post by twocams » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:52 pm

I had read 3-4 months ago that my Wing had integrated brakes. i just kinda blew it off because thats not uncommon. My 2003 BMW has ABS and it will take you down from 100 mph in a heartbeat but thats another story.
So yesterday thought I would bleed the brakes and clutch on the Wing. The rear brakes had no pedal at all when bought and I had dumped the fluid out of the reservoir when I pulled the gas tank. So I got my little home made brake kit out and started bleeding the right front caliper ( book says thats the left) but I always say from the saddle position. So nothing is coming out of the bleed screw. Maybe blocked up from setting for 5 yrs. So I went to left side and it was all milky/rusty looking. But nice & clean now. So I took the bango bolt out of the right side & still no fluid. Even after pumping the front master cylinder and holding.
So I says to myself, "Ill check the book and see where I can take the rubber hose loose up under the fairing and I clean it out". So Im looking for a diagram in my trusty book. And Illl be a monkey's uncle it shows that the right front caliper/rear is operated by the rear brake pedal. So I put some clean brake fluid in the rear reservoir pushed on the old pedal couple times, & guess what. There was fluid coming out of the right front hose now. Huummm go figure. :lol:
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Re: Just a short story/brakes

Post by deanbw » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:06 am

Yup, you don't want front and rear brakes on same side of bike to be linked....torque is your friend for off the line, not so much when braking hard. For this reason the linked brakes are on different sides.

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