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The brake lever on my 1981 BMW r65 comes within 1/2 inch of handlebar before it works. It stops the bike fine otherwise. do you know what may be causing this?

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Needs bleeding...

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Handlebars can be adjusted up and down, but I know of no way to adjust bars forward and back. I would check the levelness of the forks just to make sure that the motorcycle has not been in a front end collision.

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