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Rear brake stops working when riding.

The rear brake of my 02 wide glide works fine when not moving, but I lose all pressure (and braking power) as soon as I start riding and use the rear brake. When stopped, the pressure can be regained by pumping the pedal. I bled the brake lines several times and rebuilt the master cylinder with no luck. There are no signs of liquid leaking. Any suggestions what the reason could be?

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You still have to have some air in the line's some where.

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