soft brakes


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rdjohn54182
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Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Interstate

soft brakes

Postby rdjohn54182 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:19 pm



i have a 86 honda goldwing interstate and the frt and rear brakes are so soft. the frt more than the back. i need to know what i need to do



Bbwelder
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Location: Huntsville tx
Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200

Re: soft brakes

Postby Bbwelder » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:42 pm

Start with bleeding and new fluid

hondo
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Location: Surrey Bc.
Motorcycle: 1981 gl 1100 1981 silverwing 500 interstate

Re: soft brakes

Postby hondo » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:20 pm

This is know as spongy brake and lets you know that there is air in the system. If after bleeding and running your unit, the problem come back you should consider rebuilding or replacing your brake master cylinders as required. good luck. Don't take any chances with your brake system. There is a slim chance that the problem is in the wheel cylinders or the front calipers but if there are no leaking there should not be a problem. Hondo

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tricky
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Re: soft brakes

Postby tricky » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:40 am

25 year old rubber based brake lines could be a problem too.

Braided stainless lines are available at various places:

try http://www.classic-cycle.ca/

rdjohn54182
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Re: soft brakes

Postby rdjohn54182 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:29 am

Bbwelder wrote:Start with bleeding and new fluid

i will try this thanks

rdjohn54182
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Location: Texarkana Tx
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Interstate

Re: soft brakes

Postby rdjohn54182 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:29 am

Bbwelder wrote:Start with bleeding and new fluid

tricky wrote:25 year old rubber based brake lines could be a problem too.

Braided stainless lines are available at various places:
may need new ones will try also
try http://www.classic-cycle.ca/

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RoadRogue
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Location: Castlegar BC, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 1500SE

Re: soft brakes

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:04 am

Bleeding will help but if you want to fix the problem ,install stainless steel braided lines. I did it to mine and cant believe how good brakes can be.Small price to pay for being able to stop alot faster. Your old rubber lines swell alot when you brake hard and you loose pressure that should be used to squeeze the pads


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