The day I picked up my second hand '03 two things really stood out to me. Lots of torque, and huge brakes! I know some of you are laughing about the latter, but my last bike was twenty some years ago! Anyhow after a couple of months, and a few thousand miles, the front brakes weren't acting right. They seemed difficult to modulate, and stopping distances were greater. After assuring myself that it wasn't me "getting used to them". I set out to fix them. I first removed the calipers. The pads were fine. The rotors were smooth, and not glazed. So I bled them. I didn't feel as if I got any air, thinking I had to do some good, I went for a test blast... no difference. Frustrated, I began to focus on the lever. Although there wasn't a mechanical binding, it was a bit notchy. I took out a little spray lube (Boeshield) and spritzed the top and bottom of the lever where it meets the hinge bolt. I went for a ride, perfect, as good as it ever was! Now, this may seem like a silly amount of writing to inform people to lube the lever, but, the brakes felt awful, almost dangerous. Hopefully I can save someone the couple of hours of jacking around.
"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley
Once I race prepped a bike for the Castrol six hour race, amoung other things I removed the gear shift lever and cleaned it and replaced it without putting any lube in it.
Halfway through the race the bike came into the pits with the lever completely seized on the shaft, the rider was unable to change gear. We had to beat it off with hammers and chizels
so we could lube it and get going again, It cost us 2 laps.
So it just goes to show the importance of a little lube!!!!!