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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Brake and clutch lines bad

It's been a few years since riding my 87 GL1200, and while it fires up fine, the clutch is spongy and not disengaging, and the rear brake is also spongy and not working. Where should I start to fix these? Both resevours have fluid.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 10:48 AM
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Have you tried bleeding the systems?
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Have you tried bleeding the systems?
Would be where I'd start.

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Yup, ,bleed both systems, ,I found that "speed-bleeders" work the best if you don't have someone to help. New DOT 4 fluid in each system for sure.


Additionally, that clutch reservoir will need to be cleaned out to remove that brownish "gunk" that collects in it with old(ish) fluid. There is a small shiny silver "tab" inside that needs to be gently pried up/off and using a tiny probe (torch tips worked best for me), clean out the "return" line and your clutch problems should be solved. The front brake reservoir might have the same "gunk", so make sure its cleaned out too.


OOPS, , , just noticed you're speaking of a 1200, , , my experience is with the 1500's so disregard anything that doesn't apply, , ,
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I've seen rebuild kits on ebay, when bleeding does not do the job.

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How many years has it been since the bike was used regularly? More the 3 I would strip the masters, slave and calpers. If the brake likes are original I would replace them too.

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