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Okay then, people out there with the technical know how.

I have just spent all ay trying to bleed my brakes without success, air bubbles constantly appearing in the tubes coming fom my bleed nipples, done every thing I should, quarter turn of the nipple and pump the lever at the same time,lock off nipple, then repeated about a million times!

I noticed my lever was having to be gripped all the way to only get the slightest braking effect yesterday. Is this a problem with Brembo's? Are they really such a pain in the arse? Is there anyone in the south of England (Hants area) that knows what to do and could possibly give me a hand on Friday afternoon? Otherwise I will not be making the trip to Goodwood on Sunday as I have no brakes!

Boy am I hacked off with this game!:mad:

If no one can help, is anyone aware of a mobile bike mechanic that could possibly come out?

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Sorry Andy, can,t help, i was thinking of doing mine but on second thoughts i think i will get the dealer to do it.:(
 

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Why don't you foget about doing the brakes Andy and try a pair of these instead? :rolling:
 

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Bleeding bike brakes!!!

Ok guys, here`s what to do:)
It`s very easy to do,.,.,.,. get a large syringe from a friendly nurse!!! you know one that is about 4-5" long and about 1" diameter.
Find a bit of rubber tubing that fits the end of the syringe and is flexible enough to slip onto the bleed nipple;) ;)
The idea is that the fluid is pushed from the caliper up to the resevoir as this is the natural way for air to try and travel.
Remove the resevoir cap and remove all the fluid.(discard this fluid) Fill the syringe with NEW fluid. Fit the tubing onto the bleed nipple, crack open the nipple and GENTLY push the plunger on the syringe to inject new fluid.
Keep an eye on the resevoir as you dont want to spill any on the paintwork.
Continue to inject until the fluid in the resevoir is clear of bubbles. (this wont as long as it has taken me to type this!!!!!)
Andy I will be about during the week in the evenings and at the weekend so if your need me to come down and help give me a shout as I`m on the surrey/hants border.
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Interesting technique Dave. Must try it next time.

I replaced the fluid in my system a couple of months back. I just used the tried & true method, of using a couple foot of clear hose on the nipple, rising by 6" before draining into a glass jar.

Adjust the lever for the greatest movement.

1. Lever applied - quickly
2. crack the nipple just enough for flow
3. reseal
4. release lever - slowly.
Don't waste time between 1 & 2, or the air bubbles will rise too far to bleed.
Jobs finished when the fluid is completely clear of even the tinniest pin-prick bubbles.

Finally, since this is the first bike I've had that had a bleed nipple on the master cylinder, bleed the master cylinder the same way.

Also, use new fluid. Not from a container that's been previously opened, or there may be water dissolved in it. Under pressure it will boil & the resulting air (steam) will produce a spongy feel.
 

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Just a thought

The Brembos are standard Ducati fare so I would recomend a trip to the local Ducati dealer or specialist. In Hants there is one in Alton if thats any good?

Hope you get it sorted for next weekend.
 

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The Brembos are standard Ducati fare so I would recomend a trip to the local Ducati dealer or specialist. In Hants there is one in Alton if thats any good?

Hope you get it sorted for next weekend.


Ben, thats the problem, I have no brakes so can't get it to a dealer!

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Ok guys, here`s what to do:)
It`s very easy to do,.,.,.,. get a large syringe from a friendly nurse!!! you know one that is about 4-5" long and about 1" diameter.
Find a bit of rubber tubing that fits the end of the syringe and is flexible enough to slip onto the bleed nipple;) ;)
The idea is that the fluid is pushed from the caliper up to the resevoir as this is the natural way for air to try and travel.
Remove the resevoir cap and remove all the fluid.(discard this fluid) Fill the syringe with NEW fluid. Fit the tubing onto the bleed nipple, crack open the nipple and GENTLY push the plunger on the syringe to inject new fluid.
Keep an eye on the resevoir as you dont want to spill any on the paintwork.
Continue to inject until the fluid in the resevoir is clear of bubbles. (this wont as long as it has taken me to type this!!!!!)
Andy I will be about during the week in the evenings and at the weekend so if your need me to come down and help give me a shout as I`m on the surrey/hants border.
Dave
Dave, PM on its way mate! The help would be appreciated!

Andy:clap:
 

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get a large syringe from a friendly nurse!!! you know one that is about 4-5" long and about 1" diameter.
I had to read that twice Dave........ for a moment there I thought that you maybe like your women a bit on the small side :rolling:
 

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Just phoned up a local motorcycle workshop (back street type) who took the machine in to have a look at the brakes - all sorted and only cost me £20!

I think I must have spent at least that and some more trying to do them myself - not to mention the numerous hours it took to try to get them sorted, and the phone calls to Benelli Dave!

Oh well, at least they are done and can't wait to pick it up on Friday afternoon!:ele:

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Bleeding brakes

:p

:hiya: Andy, glad you have got the brakes sorted on your Nellie. Probably THE most important part of your bike.

If you fancy a run up this way to test them mate you will be most welcome. I will be getting my MV at the end of the month so will be looking forward to riding proper again!(leg permitting as it is still giving me gip!) :excited: :excited: :jig:
 

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Good news Andy.
you could test them this weekend with a trip to Thruxton.
I may be headed that way for the BSB races.
Dave I am heading that way, but am going via Salisbury to meet up with a good friend on his rice boiler! He only lives about 15 minutes from the track! I'll give you a shout at the track to locate you - unless you want to meet up and go and annoying Roger's neighbours with the noise eminating from a couple of triples!

(That is of course if I clear this bloody lung infection out - took a turn for the worse two days ago and feel like sh*t again!)

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:p

:hiya: Andy, glad you have got the brakes sorted on your Nellie. Probably THE most important part of your bike.

If you fancy a run up this way to test them mate you will be most welcome. I will be getting my MV at the end of the month so will be looking forward to riding proper again!(leg permitting as it is still giving me gip!) :excited: :excited: :jig:
Lloyd, it's getting to that time of year when the bike will take the place of the car as the workhorse (not the good weather - the car is overdue its 42000 mile service!)

As long as my lungs are clear I will be riding to work on Monday, so you might get a visit sooner rather than later!

All I need to do is work out a quick way from Northwood to Southampton (or Maidstone) that doesn't involve:

1. The motorways,

and

2. London!

Looking forward to my first 'serious' ride though!
 
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