1500 front brake


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1500 front brake

Postby hap2 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:31 am



I stored my 1500 in a garage for the winter. After 4 months, I started it yesterday, but I noticed the front brake cable had hardly any tension on it. Would that just be lack of fluid? I couldn't get one on the 2 little screws out, so couldn't check it, but I plan to get a drill (with a Philips screw bit) to remove the screw today.

It also seems to be leaking exhaust from the front left side (as u sit on the bike). Any idea what that could be? It did that last year & after a while, it's not noticeable.

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Re: 1500 front brake

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:21 pm

It's probably time to do your yearly maintenance.
Setting up collects moisture...the killer of anything metal..especially when brake fluid and aluminum is involved.
Personally,because having working brakes are really important,I'd be tearing all of them off and servicing them including a full flush with new fluid.

Don't use a drill screwdriver.....use a hammer driven impact tool.

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Re: 1500 front brake

Postby hap2 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:27 pm

My bike mechanic told me all that's wrong is the brakes probly need bleeding & he told me as easy way to do it. With master cylinder off, just apply the front brakes 10 or 12 X, then hold them. When u hold them that's give time for the piston to push all the excess air outa the line. I did that. I didn't see air air bubbles, but I felt more & more tension all the time as I applied the brakes. Worked like a charm.

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Re: 1500 front brake

Postby Big Blue UK » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:02 am

I have a few HSS center punches of which I ground the ends to resemble flat screwdrivers. I use them to tap screw heads around, they have never failed me.
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Re: 1500 front brake

Postby hap2 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:34 am

Ya, that's a good idear too..whatever werks as they say. I actually am not sure what to do with bike after it's been sitting all winter. It's running just like I didn't put it away..which is close to perfect.

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Re: 1500 front brake

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:21 pm

If you are not servicing the brake systems (and clutch system as well) you are just waiting for trouble to come find you.
Eventually the fluid will turn into a brownish goo as it ages and absorbs moisture.
It's a good idea to change the brake fluid every other year.
It is easy to do if you buy a miti-vac (about $30) ...


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