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Old 07-05-2016, 08:43 PM
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Brakes bled, finally!

Here's just a little story: I have a 1980 1100G. I have had it for several years and have always had spongy front brakes. I have, at one time or another, replaced the fluid, replaced the pads, rebuilt the master and bled the system several times. Tonight, as I was giving the bike a little TLC, I decided to try a bleed ONE more time. I got an air bubble out of the left side caliper. The brakes are solid once more! I don't know if it was the position of the bike (I have always bled on the center stand, this time it was on the side stand) or what did it, but it worked. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:55 AM
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Another good trick for bleeding the brakes is to tie the brake handle half way in and just let it sit overnight. It let's some air bubbles escape to the top.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:53 AM
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Good tip

Thanks for that tip, I'll try it if the occasion arises.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:25 PM
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Bleeding Brakes

I have had trouble bleeding brakes on motorcycles for a long time. I saw an ad for a reverse brake bleeder. Problems solved. I am on vacation and don't have access to the brand. But I am sure if you googled reverse brake bleeder it would come up.
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:36 PM
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I have found that leaving it sit for a while definitely helps. All the tiny bubbles collect together, then you can push them all out as one bubble. With my split brakes, I struggle with bleeding the left front, since it is fed from the rear MC. I made a bleeder tool out of 2 Harbor Freight bleeder tools, that fills the rear MC while I bleed the other end. Front is easily done by hand.

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Old 07-17-2016, 12:48 PM
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Another good trick for bleeding the brakes is to tie the brake handle half way in and just let it sit overnight. It let's some air bubbles escape to the top.
I always use a power bleeder, and the last step is the above mentioned trick. The difference in firmness is amazing after sitting a while with the brake tied back.

One thing to be very careful of when bleeding is to not pull the brake handle all the way back when the system is open - like when you're trying to get the master cylinder bled. If you pull the handle back too far without pressure it can unseat the plunger, and then you have to redo the rebuild on the master cylinder. A block of wood wired between the lever and the handlebar will keep you from pulling it back too far, and may save you from having to do the job twice. JAT
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