Bubbles Be Gone
About a foot before your turn-in point for the most challenging turn on your favorite road, you discover your brakes aren't quite what they used to be; mushy, ineffective-gee, that tree sure is big and stout. Assuming there's nothing amiss with pads, discs and calipers, it's likely that a good bleed job will set things right. Ask a motorcycle mechanic to list his least-favorite tasks, and bleeding brakes will surely show up in the top five. In truth, though, purging the brake hydraulic system of air bubbles-the lever comes back to the bar or the feedback is poor-is pretty simple and not dreadfully messy if you take your time.