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BRAKES - Pads, Fluid and Bleeding the Brakes

Page history last edited by MORG_kw 8 years, 6 months ago

NOTE:  One area "seemingly" often overlooked when discussing servicing the 1300, just as it is on other bikes, is the absolute need to change the brake fluid after perhaps 2 or 3 years on average.  Why is this so important and sometimes even critical?  It's a known and documented fact that in most situations that window of time represents about the maximum one should ride before the brake fluid becomes ineffective to the point where safety becomes an issue.  It's the inherent nature of brake fluid to absorb moisture, and that moisture reduces significantly the efficiency of the fluid and its boiling point.  The result will be brakes that fade and, as has occasionally been found with the rear brake when overworked, it can become temporarily 100% lost with total freeplay of the brake pedal.  Helping to ensure that this won't happen would be to change the fluid at proper intervals.    


Q:  Okay, but which fluid should be used?
A:  Do yourself and whomever it is that rides with you a big favor by choosing only a high quality DOT 4 fluid, one that's even a step above the factory supplied OEM fluid.  It will "make a difference."  There are some excellent synthetic brands of brake fluid out there with superior performance and higher temperature ratings.  


While replacing the brake fluid is not an overly difficult task, it still can become quite a tedious project.  Before you begin, be sure that you understand the steps required from start to finish.  The 1300 Service Manual will assist you with this.  Available online articles can also be helpful.


Cool little inexpensive accessory:
For those interested in having an easier way to bleed the brakes, Speed Bleeders can be use.  These are found quite often today, making it much simpler to perform this part of the service.  For further 
information, contact SHANE at SS CUSTOM CYCLE (www.sscustomcycle.com), who will be glad to assist you with these Speed Bleeders (~$20).


DP and EBC are two brands that offer upgraded pads to provide consistently superior braking performance for your 1300.  Again, contact SHANE when brake pads are needed.  You'll be glad you did.  There is no one out there any better for providing pre-sale or post sale assistance.  



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