Pic of the new bike and a brake question.

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  1. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    So there she is...

    pretty scared of it, so ive been driving it around in my neighborhood and went across the street to a local high school parking lot to practice hard braking.

    I feel much better after that practice. But I have a question
    During hard braking the brakes seem to "shudder" its almost an "ABS-like" feeling but not quite violent.

    I looked at my brake fluid thing and noticed this.

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    Is this normal? If not what can I do until I can take it to a dealership tomorrow as all of them are closed today :/
     
  2. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    That indicator tells you absolutely nothing.
    Mine looked like that, but when I opened it, it was pitch black.
    So open the reservoir and check what color the fluid actually is.
    Also, instead of going to the dealership, get a mityvac brake bleeder.
    I have this one: http://pitposse.stores.yahoo.net/mibrblkit.html
    Or just go to a bike shop and get one. Trust me, the cost for them changing the fluid once will be the cost of any brake bleeder(look for a vacuum bleeder, they are very easy to use), and you can bleed your brakes anytime.
    The shuddering may very well be a warped rotor. Gently apply the front brakes, and see if you feel a pulsing, then do the same for the rear. If you get pulsing, you have warped rotors.
    Otherwise, it could be worn steering head bearings.
     
  3. LaFinduMonde

    LaFinduMonde New Member

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    pic doesn't work.

    edit: now it does.
     
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  4. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    Too scared of my rear brakes to even touch them...

    But "pulsing" is exactly what i felt. Do they resurface bike rotors?
     
  5. le_rocks

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    why?
     
  6. Snafu

    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Sweet bike!

    You should change you brake fluid every 2 yrs.


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  7. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    nearly everyone i've talked to says they only use the rears for under 30mph, or don't use them at all.

    The risk of possibly high-siding in a panic situation outweigh the benefits of 10% more stopping power. :noes:

    Maybe i'm just being a noob though.
     
  8. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    You will only highside if you apply the rears then let go once it has gone too far.
    I lock the rear then release it all the time just for the hell of it.
    And Mint, your rotors are warped. Time to get some new ones.
    Also, I disagree with replacing the fluid every two years. Replace it either every 6 months, or once it gets darker than honey.
    Also Mint, where are you in Cali? If you're close to me, I can bleed your brakes. Just bring two containers of DOT 4 fluid and I'll bleed em.
     
  9. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    Im in anaheim / Yorba Linda...

    Any idea how much replacing the rotor will cost, imma take it in tomorrow.
     
  10. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Rotors will probably run you between 2-300.
    Trust me on the mityvac. It'll save you a lot of money.
     
  11. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    Ill pick one up tomorrow..

    I appreciate the offer too btw :hs:

    Shits getting expensive haha, ive dropped like 6grand in 1 weekend
     
  12. igotyofire

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    i would think u would be able to replace the rotor yourself for cheaper. Easy on my bike kuz i have a centerstand. if you dont have the tools id pick them up as well as im also near you in cali and places like "cycle gear" wont take the tire off the bike for you, so its a good investment. & dealerships imo are too costly. I went through 3 flat tires last year within 6 months. BTW id just learn to use the rear brake properly. You wont lock it up in a panic situation if your familier with it...on a bike id rather have that extra 20% of stopping power if thats the difference from me crashing. Its there for a reason so use it in your normal city traveling. But if you want to leave it alone when riding the canyons until figure out what your doing then go ahead. Bike rotors are too thin to resurface, the good thing is a brake rotor can outlast the life of your pads if you dont warp it.
     
  13. Snafu

    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    What I meant to say was you should change the fluid every 2 yrs at the min. I normally change the fluid before every track event.

    Don't let you fluid get dark like this...

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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    What fresh fluid looks like....

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    is that blue stuff dot5?
     
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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    That's ATE's racing blue DOT4 fluid.

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  17. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    I used that in my 300ZXTT....worked great, didn't like the feel in my R6 though. Sort of weird that switching back to cheap Castrol felt better. :dunno:
     
  18. Mint

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    So i took it down to a local honda dealer to check the entire bike out...

    They said the rotors were fine and coulda just been rust or old brake fluid, they changed all my fluids, and checked over the bike for 100$...

    Everything is cool with the bike except a overflow res for my radiator or something, it has a small hole in it. Only a 25$ part imma install it this weekend.
     
  19. Bugalu

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    sounds like a good deal :bigthumb:
     
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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Weird how? My brakes felt firmer after I put it in but I'm going to say that's because it's fresh fluid in there vs. the old stuff.
     
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    All fluids and checked over the bike for a $100. Good deal.:bigthumb:
     

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