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post #1 of 13 Old 09-24-2017, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 500 Street Back Brake

Why did my back brakes completely disappear? Is something unlatched? I hit the pedal, and there is nothing. I just have my front brakes. It looks like someone was screwing with it by the motor. Any idea on how much this is going to cost me to get fixed, if it's not something simple?

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Your description is hard to understand.


1: Check the Thickness of the Rear Pads. May need to be replaced??


2: Check the Rear Master Cylinder Fluid level. Uses DOT 4.


3: There is an Adjustable rod linking the Pedal to the Master Cylinder.


When I upgraded my rear pads, I somehow got air in the line. And had to bleed the brakes.


A few Members had the Master Cylinder fail.

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Thanks for the information. I'll check it out.

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i haven't looked, because I don't even know where to look for the brake pads on a motorcycle versus a bicycle. i did hear a goose calling noise on occasion. also, should i add brake fluid in my 2 little boxes to help the matter?

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I'm not sure about mine. Since I got it back from the Dealer, Pedal seems to travel pretty far. Checked the {ads, About 1/2. Fluid level was ok. Went to Bleed them, Used a Clear tube. Pushed the pedal with my hand. Opened the Bleeder. The Pedal didn't go any lower. Thinking the Master Cylinder went bad. Didn't see any Bubbles in the tube.


You can see the Brake Pads by kneeling at the rear wheel. Looking towards the disc.

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Red face okay

i'll start with the inspection. i looked at my brake fluid box i'm assuming. i don't notice any liquid at the top front one, so maybe it's empty. i'll try and call harley here.

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If you look at your Brake Pedal. And follow it towards the Rear. You'll se a 2nd Brake Reservoir. Has 2 Philips Screws holding the cover on. To check the fluid, You need the bike Upright. And Do NOT push the pedal. Make sure its clean before removing the cover.


My rear brakes are hard to see because of the Saddle Bags.

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I saw that box back there, too. Ty 4 the tip.

I think that might be the case with my saddlebags obstructing a clear view, as well.

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Here is a pic of my back brake pad. I've been trying to upload this forever. I think it might be broken at the pedal. I could have sworn that I just had the brake pads replaced.

A mechanic asked me if my back brakes were locked or something once. I didn't know what to say.

Do those brake pads look okay to you?
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What I can see of the Outboard Pad looks fine.

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