If you ride long enough, sooner or later something breaks down or needs repair, no matter how much preventative maintenance you do. Yesterday was one of those days. We had been out riding and I parked the Magic Carpet in the garage when I noticed 2 small clear drops on the floor under the right side and under the driver’s foot peg. Funny, we hadn’t ridden through any water. I came back in and put the motorcycle up on the center stand as I normally do. A while later I noticed 2 more drops under the foot peg while the motorcycle was on the center stand. Now I was really curious and felt the drops (no I didn’t taste them) and they were indeed clear and very slippery. Brake fluid was my immediate and apparently correct thought. The rear master cylinder (not reservoir) is mounted to the rear of the chrome plate that the driver’s right foot peg and the rear brake pedal are fastened to. You also remove this plate and move it out of the way when filling the transmission oil. I sat on the floor and undid the 3 allen bolts and 2 torx screws that held the plate in place and looked behind it. Sure enough it looked like there was fluid leaking from the brake line attached on top of the master cylinder. I couldn’t see much further without removing more bodywork and decided that was a chore for another day coming up soon. Now that I had a general idea of what was leaking I checked the parts fiche at Pandora’s European Motorsports in Chattanooga, TN for an idea of the cost of the line and any other parts needed. Let’s just say it could’ve been worse. In fact it’s not shocking at all. I’ve replaced a front brake line before so this is nothing new for me. As it was the last time, I’m hoping the hardest part will be flushing the servo assisted integral ABS brake system. Hopefully one day this week I’ll remove the body work and get in there to get a much better look to see exactly what needs to be fixed or replaced. I’m hoping that like the last time it will be a relatively easy fix.
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