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Bleed the brakes and check the brake pads are fit for the job. (in other words have some friction material on them.)

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

Testimonial: "i did the above and the lever still goes almost all the way to the handle bar. i think i need to rebuild the master or the caliper. thanks."

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hi m8, all the setting on the lever will do is adjust to your style of riding ,, not adjust the pads ,,sounds like the pistons on the calipers are not releasing wen the pressure is off, ,,ie brake pads are not goin back ,,if u r a every day rider ,,the salty conditions will cause seize ups,,best thing is wipp a caliper off the wheel,, dont touch the brake lines,, just undo the two caliper bolts, then undo the two screws onthe master cylinder,,reservoir,,lift off the cap, u will need some copper grease,and a small paint brush,, take the pads out, and smear some copper grease round the pistons, then prize them back in a bit,, dont push them in to far ,,just enuff, till grease to do its job,,by undoing the reservoir the air that may get pushed will be able to escape,,replace pads, and bolts, cheers

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Front braking is lost after changing lever.

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SOURCE: need repair front brake lever would like diagram

Replacement would be a cleaner choice. You may be able to find a good used lever cheap via the web >

Google " motorcycle salvage harley davidson "

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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SOURCE: brake lever travel

Check the pads for wear, they might need replacement. You should also check brake fluid level. And last you can bleed the brakes.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Brake light does not always work with front brake - Ninja 250

Check the wiring connections to the front brake switch. If all OK, then it could be the switch.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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