Weird thing with front brake


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Weird thing with front brake

Postby mdhawthorne » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:28 pm



Hi All,

I let my 2002 GL1800 sit for about 4 months without being ridden. When I went out to ride it I immediately noticed my front brake lever would go all the way back to the hand grips when pulled. It was like there was nothing there. I checked both brake fluid reservoirs and they were full and right where they should be. I cautiously rode the bike around my property and tried applying just the front brake. The bike would stop, but not the way it originally would have. Then, all of a sudden, (a few days later) the front brake lever returned to normal as did the braking. The bike would stop just fine.

I live in Arizona and keep the bike in the garage. It can get pretty hot in there. I don't know if heat would have anything to do with it. Anyone have any idea of what happened?

Thanks - Mark



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Re: Weird thing with front brake

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:10 pm

You had air in the brake line. Normally you have to bleed the air out to fix it, but occasionally, with use, the air bubble will make its way up to the master cylinder, and be ejected up into the reservoir, fixing itself. It would probably not be a bad idea to flush your brake systems with fresh brake fluid, and bleed everything fully.

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Re: Weird thing with front brake

Postby mdhawthorne » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:27 pm

Whew! Thank you. I was worried it was something more serious than that. I'll take your advice.

-Mark

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Re: Weird thing with front brake

Postby Bouvier1 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:10 am

If this happens again and you have replaced your oil a simple method is to pull the brake on and tie it up. Leaving it a couple of hours or overnight allows the air to move up to the reservoir.

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Re: Weird thing with front brake

Postby mdhawthorne » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:59 pm

Thank you. That's an excellent tip!




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