Hi folks, I'm in the midst of trying to figure out how I will upgrade my rear (and front for that matter) brake, without breaking the bank.
The bike is a 2015 with 8000 some-odd miles on it. I've only put maybe 1500 of that on it.
After my ride today, during which the brakes where pretty underwhelming, I checked the brake fluid, first by looking through the sight glass. Couldn't really see anything through the sight glass, so I went ahead and took the top off the fluid reservoir. It was low, but not low enough, I don't think, to allow air into the line.
But I was amazed at how brownish the fluid has turned, and then, ACK!, I noticed "stuff"at the bottom of the reservoir.
I guess this is what you call "spooge"?
I've had several motorcycles before, old and new, and have bled brakes many times. I've never before seen such discolored brake fluid and I definitely haven't seen that spoogey stuff before. Ever! And I've had some pretty funky MCs before! (old bikes, etc)
So i guess I need to at least bleed the system a lot, until the fluid is clean looking, and also wipe out all that crud. This is going to be a big job, I think, because I will be bleeding in new fluid from an empty reservoir. (not already pre-bled in)
Just wondering if any of you have experienced this build up of crud in your reservoirs?
Really, also, trying to figure out a way to mod the shape of the pedal, as I know many on here have considered.
Just to feel the pedal pressure by hand, squatting next to the bike, it seems pretty firm. But as many of us have experienced, on the road, it doesn't "do" much until around 4 o'clock.
Seems to me it almost needs a pedal that sticks up, like a brake pedal on forward controls. (only not that much)
On more thing, how do you remove the black rubber "cushion" on the pedal which your boot contacts?
thanks! Mainly wondering about the spooge/crud issue...if anyone else has had this, but I figured I'd throw the rest of those questions in there anyway. Tried searching the forum - must be using bad search terms. Will keep searching, too.