CBR1000F Brake Bleeding

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Dick Frederick, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. I have been riding this model since 1995, and have had very few maintenance
    problem with the linked brakes until recently. I blew the rear master
    cylinder, ordered the repair kit, and had a dealer install the kit.
    Problem: the dealer had a difficult time bleeding the rear brake - took him
    about 3 hours with all of his equipment (the dealer can both suck and blow
    fluid). I never had trouble bleeding the brakes with a hand held vacuum
    device, but then again I never had to refill an entire system. The dealer
    said he finally solved the problem by "back flushing" the system from the
    proportioner valve. He said that the linked brake system is difficult to
    bleed and that some times they get lucky and it goes well, and sometimes it
    doesn't. I realize the the linked braking system is complicated, but it
    seems to me that bleeding any system should be straight forward if there are
    enough bleeder valves designed in at critical points by the manufacturer.
    Can anybody shed light on why this can be such a problem? I certainly
    respect Honda engineering, but did they screw this up by not providing
    enough bleeders? Thanks for any information.
    Dick Frederick, Aug 7, 2004
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