Join Date: May 2010
Location: Coldbrook, NS, Canada
K75 rear brake mystery
It's an 1988 S model, and when I put it away for the snow season, everything was working like a top. It also had just passed a gov't safety inspection, which is required by law every two years.
My last ride last year was Dec. 12th, and I was back on the road Feb. 25th , so not a lot of down time really. That being said, for some reason, the rear brake seems very "weak" compared to what it was when I parked it in my dry, heated, garage. No one else has access to the bike.
I initially thought the pedal was traveling a tad too far down to engage, so I adjusted it up to a position that did not require me to use my heel. It changed nothing, still almost non existent. When rotating the wheel by hand, on the centre stand, and then applying the brake by hand, I could still fairly easily rotate the wheel. It does properly engage and disengage. The only other details I can think of, is that I am the third owner, and do not know when the brakes were last serviced, but the rotors seem fine, but the rear reservoir could probably use fresh dot4, as it a tad yellow-ish....but surely that couldn't cause that much fade...could it? And finally, I cannot find anywhere in the shop manual that mentions, or shows the recommended fluid level in the reservoir. It merely says the fluid will go down as the pads wear down. Mine is almost right to the top..which always seemed odd to me, but as I stated earlier, it worked fine.
Help and feedback would be greatly appreciated.