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post #1 of 9 Old 10-26-2008, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Brake lever doesn't want to go home...

So, a friend of mine recommended you guys because y'all seem to see a lot of 919's I just bought one last week after going through the whole MSF thing so it's my first bike... and already it's decided to go lay down in someone's lawn.



Fortunately, it was at 2mph and we landed in grass... so neither she nor I were really hurt. The right mirror stem was knocked loose, but that was pretty easy to fix. However, when I got home, I noticed that the front brakes weren't being fully disengaged. Didn't notice it while riding back, but when I was rolling it into the garage, it was sluggish and then later I noticed the brake lights were on (as opposed to just tail lights). So I checked the brake lever and sure enough, it's not springing all the way back out like it should (there's some pressure, but not enough to reliably get past that 'click'). I have no problem taking off a mirror to see how to tighten it, but brakes are a little more critical I think and not something I want to mess up

Anyone know how to get that lovely pressure back on the lever or is it jacked up? I know there is a dial right next to the lever, but I'm not sure exactly what that's for and was afraid to mess with it.

(I'll include a photo once I find my camera! )

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-26-2008, 05:29 PM
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Let me guess, you laid the bike down on the right side? Sounds like the brake might be bent, it is easy to replace.

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-26-2008, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Good guess

Yeah, I was hoping for a oh-just-adjust-this-screw, but I guess the whole right side could have been torn up, so I suppose just replacing the front brake lever isn't the worst thing in the world...

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Welcome beaker. Congrats on your new bike and sorry about the laydown. We all have to get it overwith...very smart of you to do yours is grass.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-27-2008, 07:27 AM
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Welcome to WT. This is definately the place for you. We've all done this so don't feel bad, and it won't be the last, if you're like me. Think of it as training bike blues. FYI: Krylon dark grey metallic "hammered look" is the exact same color as your engine to cover up any scratches. Just be sure to apply light dusting coats to prevent the "hammered look." And the Givi engine guards are worth their weight in gold. Just ask Nemo.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-28-2008, 11:31 AM
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It sounds like the lever has some debris stuck between it and the master cylinder body where it pivots, probably where it engages the switch. You will need a fairly large flat bladed screwdriver and a 10mm wrench to remove the lever for inspection, cleaning, lubrication and reinstallation.

It's pretty simple: holding the pivot bolt with the screwdriver, remove the 10mm nut underneath then thread the pivot bolt out of the master cylinder body. The lever should be easy to remove at this point. Inspect it for bending, dirt/grass/whatever in the works and thoroughly clean it and the area where it pivots on the master cylinder. Once you are satisfied that everything is clean and undamaged grease the pivot hole in the lever, all surfaces where it engages the master, the area that pushes against the piston, and the pivot bolt, slide the lever back into position and reinsert the pivot bolt. It may take some jockeying to align the holes -- do not force anything! The pivot should insert with slight pushing only. Thread it back into the master and tighten slightly: don't overtorque it -- the nut secures it. Now clean grease off the threads, run the nut back on and torque it to about 5 ft/lbs while holding the pivot with the screwdriver. It should be moving easily now and shutting off the brake light.
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Yeah, simply dirt would be a welcome culprit in this case. One of the so called "rumored WT locals" is going to stop by tomorrow evening and help me take it off and clean it out real good. So, next time you hear from me, I'll either be all smiles or all not so many smiles and out some money (but with a safer bike on the way!) Thanks for all the advice so far, I really appreciate it! (And I hope I never need and Krylon dark grey metallic, but I will keep that in mind )


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post #9 of 9 Old 10-29-2008, 08:17 AM
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Rob has the right approach. Always look for the obvious first. If the lever is tweaked I found these on Ebay.
Not sure about the quality, they are inexpensive.

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