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Front Brake Fluid Leak

I am still in the break in period of a XB9SX (less than 100 miles) and I noticed that my front brake line is leaking from the cupling that brings the fluid from the reservoir down to the wheel. Has anyone experienced this? Is there a quick fix or should I take it to have the dealer took at it?

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Go to the dealer...that would still be in warranty.

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