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Front brakes...weak?...soft?... doesn't stop as quick..?...good linings/pads ...25000 miles on the bike

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Sounds like you need to blead the brakes that should stiffen them up and if not I would need more info about the bike like brakes just replaced anything that could have damaged them etc.

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How long has it been since you changed the brake fluid? more than two years. brake fluid doesnt last as long as you tell you how important brake fluid is ...racers change it out almost every month..but they do travel at a lot higher speeds and dont want to take any'll have to drain all the oil fluid out and refill with fresh, not old that's been setting around,...get some dot 4 brake fuid..and bleed the brake could also have moisture in the lines thats the most common problem. hope this helps!

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

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  • steve t Apr 30, 2010

    just remember one thing make sure that you cycle the brake lever at least 10 times before you leave you driveway or you'll be in for a big surprise when it comes to try and stop.


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