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Front brake lever is very hard/solid when i

Front brake lever is very hard/solid when i think it should be more spongy.The front brake is not very good.The bike is a Honda 400cc superdream 1982

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I am thinking that you need to change the fluid and replace the brake pads. Over time brake fluid attracts water and it states in the manual that brake fluid should be changed. I change fluid in mine every other year.

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