Front brake question

Front brake question

Postby cross » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:10 pm

Hello all,

Not CBX related, just general hydraulic brake question
I own '99 Triumph Thunderbird Sport that has similar front brake setup to our CBX's and i have technical question.
When bike sits several days or more, when i squeeze front brake lever, it always goes all the way to the handlebars as if there is no fluid present.
One i pump it several times, it stays firm and i can ride it normally without the need to pump it every time. I did flush the brake fluid few years ago when i bought the bike but i'm not sure when this problem started happening.
I'm suspecting it's the master cylinder but would like to ask experts on here for their opinion.

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Re: Front brake question

Postby cbxchris » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:26 pm

Normally points to a faulty master cylinder, but check all connection's first before replacing or overhauling !
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Re: Front brake question

Postby cross » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:52 pm

It's all nice and tight, no leaks at all. I have the MC rebuild kit just not sure if i should also rebuild calipers as well since fluid will be evacuated. It is almost 20 years old so perhaps it would be wise to do everything


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Re: Front brake question

Postby Larry Zimmer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:59 am

I would do the calipers, also, Sasha. Might want to consider a rear caliper rebuild if it has been that long. Not that much extra work. And, avoiding a frozen caliper piston, down the road, is worth the relatively little extra work. (Voice of 'bad' experience!)
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Re: Front brake question

Postby cross » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:45 pm

Ordered kits for everything yesterday!

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