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post #1 of 9 Old 10-04-2009, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Front brake feels notchy, any thoughts?

My front brake lever is feeling very notchy and not at all smooth when I apply the front brake! Also it feels like sometimes it is harder to pull like it is too full? That's not a great description but! On the notchy thing I swear it feels like the plunger needs lubed, anyone else have this issue or know how to resolve it? It makes me crazy when I apply it it hangs up then plunges all of a sudden and makes it look like I grabbed a hanful of brakes instead of a nice smooth brake application! I've never had a bike do this before and am a bit confused by it! 2003 919 11,000 miles and fluid is good as are the pads!


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Grease the point where the front brake lever acts against the piston. It has to "scan" across the face, and if it's not free to move it will bind and cause wear of the bore and seals. Don't go overboard with it lest it gather grit on the road and accelerate wear. It's advisable to lube the pivot screw as well, but not quite as urgent.

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funny thing I noticed with my bike is when I changed out the brake fluid for some fresh stuff the same thing you are describing cleared up, and it honestly scared the crap out of me when It was doing it, I'd get on the brakes and it was really stiff then all of the sudden you pull harder and it about sends you over the front, not good or fun. I swapped the fluid and its gone...

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Good idea Rob. I hadn't thought of that, I did put Pazzo levers on a while back! Jeef, that's exactly the way I feel about it, a little scary! If the grease dosent work I will flush the fluid! Thanks guys, I appreciate the input!


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Grease the point where the front brake lever acts against the piston. It has to "scan" across the face, and if it's not free to move it will bind and cause wear of the bore and seals. Don't go overboard with it lest it gather grit on the road and accelerate wear. It's advisable to lube the pivot screw as well, but not quite as urgent.

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That was exactly what I was gonna suggest.

Definitely since you've changed the levers, you probably didn't lube anything when you installed them.

Should be golden once you ad a little lube at the pivot / friction points


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I realize this is an old thread that I may be resurrecting, but mine are doing this too. I finally had enough of this feeling. I have no reason to suspect that the internals are worn other than the way the brake feels. I also think I will need the front rotors resurfaced soon. I use my front brakes a lot.

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Grease the point where the front brake lever acts against the piston. It has to "scan" across the face, and if it's not free to move it will bind and cause wear of the bore and seals. Don't go overboard with it lest it gather grit on the road and accelerate wear. It's advisable to lube the pivot screw as well, but not quite as urgent.

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Yeap, it is precisely the pivot screw.

I played with it for a little while and then I felt it start to do it. It seems to happen when I pull up on the lever while I am applying the break. The pulling up as the brake is applied, causes the lever to bind with the pivot bolt and to cause a lot of friction, thus giving that notchy feel.

Ps. My pivot bolt stud is shiny and dry.

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Ps. My pivot bolt stud is shiny and dry.
Time to lube her up, son......

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Time to lube her up, son......
LMAO, Oh... I did! It doesn't feel too good when it is dry.

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