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Motorcycling is an act of art. Motorcyclists either whiz past us at high speed or navigate skillfully through a sea of ​​sheet metal in everyday traffic or traffic jams. A good brake, as well as the driving behavior and the capabilities of the driver of course play an important role when it comes to safe braking in critical situations.

Safe braking is a complex matter that consists of multiple levels of response and quite difficult behaviors and behaviors. Proper operation of the handbrake and footbrake, seated position and body tension can influence braking at a critical moment. A loose body tension with the knees on the tank, the upper body is upright and the arms are angled, are considered ideal body posture.


What types of brake systems are there?

Which type of brake system you find in your bike depends on the year and model of your bike. Motorcycles of an older construction year were and are for the most part equipped with two drum brakes. One on the front wheel and one on the rear wheel. Over time, the motorcycle industry has begun to banish the drum brake on the front wheel of the motorcycle. The drum brake was replaced by a so-called disc brake. The drum brake on the rear wheel is still present on many models. Much newer motorcycles are now equipped with a disc brake, both on the front wheel and on the rear wheel.


Structure and function of a brake system

The requirements for a brake system are quite high. In general, a classic brake system always consists of the same eight components: On the handlebar is a brake fluid reservoir, which is always behind the cladding of the motorcycle. The container contains brake fluid. Also on the handlebars is the brake lever, via which the driver activates the braking process. If the driver pulls on the brake lever, the brake fluid is conveyed through the master brake cylinder into the brake line, which, like a bicycle, runs from the handlebar down to the brake. From there, the brake fluid flows into the caliper, which pushes the brake pistons inward. On the brake piston are the so-called brake pads, which press on the brake discs on the wheel and so slow the bike or bring to a standstill.

The fluids in a motorcycle should usually change every other season. After the brake fluid has changed, a vent should be carried out, as after a change in the brake fluid bubbles can settle in the system. It is extremely important to remove these from the brake circuit, otherwise the brakes will not respond and dangerous braking delays may occur which may jeopardize the safety of the motorcyclist.


Which utensils do you need for venting?

For the bleeding the brake system need a set of aids. This usually includes a wrench to loosen the steel bus bleed valve, a drain hose that fits the bleeder valve on the brake cylinder, a brake fluid reservoir, and two extra extra hands to help you.

1. Cover all painted motorcycle parts that may come in contact with the brake fluid as the brake fluid may damage the paint

2. Refill the brake fluid reservoirs to the maximum mark with new brake fluid

3. Attach the bleed valve to the drain hose and place the other end of the hose in the drain pan

4. Press the brake lever so that pressure builds up in the brake system and keep it pressed

5. Open the bleeder valve on the brake cylinder so that the pressure can escape and the brake fluid can flow into the container via the hose. In this way also the air that is in the brake system escapes

6. Then you can close the bleed valve and release the brake lever again