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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 2005, 11:44 am Thread Starter
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Hi All,
First of all i would like to say i enjoy your site and i love the pics, i have promised myself i will get over there when i have saved enough :-) but i will have to possibly have to hire something i dont like for transport, like a Harley :-(

Can any of you guys tell me the correct and "EASY" way to change the brake fluid in my K1200RS, year 2001 please,
i hear it is a pain, but as an ex motor engineer, i would be surprised if we could not do it at home, i wish to avoid the mad charges for any sort of service in England!
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 2005, 3:34 pm
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If you click on the Commnity Archives Fourm, and then on Technical,Repair and Maintenance, and then on Sevices Procedures, here you will find details about bleeding brakes etc.

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Just keep in mind to avoid the proceedure for the 2002+ bikes (EVO brakes). And, if you do read it, be thankful you're not faced with that one.



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I think you probably have non-EVO like my '97 so have a lot less hassle. I bought a hand vacuum brake bleeder a while back which works great as you pull the fluid through at the bleed nipples. I've forgotten the service instruction, but I prefer to keep flushing new fluid through via the front and rear master cylinder reservoirs, not letting them run dry to get air in. You might as well do the clutch as well. Find out where all the bleed nipples are, including on top of the ABS unit. Fluid is cheap so you can afford to push a couple of cans through to purge the old stuff. DOT4 only on our brakes NOT synth.



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I bought a hand vacuum brake bleeder a while back which works great as you pull the fluid through at the bleed nipples.
So did I and it works great for one person operation.
$49.99 boys, give 'er a try.

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Thanks guys, i will get one of the vacume bleeders and give it a try.
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Thanks guys, i will get one of the vacume bleeders and give it a try.
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Make sure you keep an eye on, and keep re-filling the fluid reservoir while bleeding. You don't want to suck any air into the lines. I ran three to four reservoirs full through to make sure all the old stuff was replaced.
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OK Rickd, i will thanks for the tip.
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If you live in the UK, and you have a 2001 K1200RS and that is your bike in your avatar then my guess is that you DO have the servo assisted brakes and you need to use the guide for the 2002 and later brake bleeding.

Of course an easy way to tell is turn on the ignition and listen for the whine of the servos when you hit the brakes
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Just in case you end up with this prob. Heres' a couple of tips:

I seemed to get a small amount of air in the system I couldn't get rid of. Not a lot, but I'd squeeze the front brake once ( a bit spongy), then a second time and it was firm. I knew this wasn't how the brake was when I first got the bike but I couldn't get back to a real hard action on first brake.

I was doing work on the right handle bar assembly (front brake micro switch). I did 2 things: push the pistons back on the fronts to remove the road wheel, and had the handle bar at funny angles with the master cylinder sealed. The fronts are now rock hard on first pull - best they've ever been. Don't know which of the 2 things I did got rid of the air.



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