Need advice on potential brake damage

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Robert Schmid, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. I have a 1982 Honda Nighthawk CB650. (BTW, I'm looking for body
    pieces - black with striping).

    Recently, after work I pulled my bike out of its space and the brakes
    were grabbing (I didn't realize what was happening yet). I rode for
    about a half-mile before the brakes siezed up and I couldn't move the

    Upon inspection I was embarassed to discover an empty brake fluid
    resovoir. After calling a tow truck and waiting, the brakes cooled
    enough for me to move the bike more easily. Last night I replaced all
    the fluid and tried the brakes again. I got about a 70% improvement
    but I couldn't spin the wheel freely. Tonight I intend to remove the
    calipers and adjust the pistons/pads.

    I know there is a risk that I boiled the fluid and did other internal
    damage to the brakes. Should I just expect the worst and
    disassemble/rebuild the brakes or might I have dodged this bullet?

    Robert Schmid
    Robert Schmid, Aug 14, 2003
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  2. Robert Schmid

    Dave '97 F3 Guest

    You may be lucky. I would try freeing up the caliper pistons and see what
    happens, at a low speed of course!
    Dave '97 F3, Aug 14, 2003
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