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Old 08-13-2009, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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is there a way to tightened the lever? it feels like when i stop i have to press on the lever harder, and i compared it to my buddy's brake and his was pretty firmer.

thanks for your input.
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What do you mean? Does your brake lever have too much travel and feel soft compared to the other bike? Is the other bike a Ninja 250 as well?
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What do you mean? Does your brake lever have too much travel and feel soft compared to the other bike? Is the other bike a Ninja 250 as well?
its the same bike as well. its like when you pressed on the brake on a car, some are sensitive and you do not have to press on the brake pedal that hard. on the other hand, some you would have to push the brake pedal further down. i hope that makes sense?
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its the same bike as well. its like when you pressed on the brake on a car, some are sensitive and you do not have to press on the brake pedal that hard. on the other hand, some you would have to push the brake pedal further down. i hope that makes sense?
So which one is happening to your bike?

(a) sensitive and you do not have to press on the brake pedal that hard; or

(b) have to push the brake pedal further down.
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So which one is happening to your bike?

(a) sensitive and you do not have to press on the brake pedal that hard; or

(b) have to push the brake pedal further down.

i was using the car example and comparing to the front brake lever. sorry for the confusion. the front lever feels too soft and have to squeeze it harder compare to the other 250r that i rode, its not that soft. like you dont have to squeeze it as hard ? does that make sense?
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You might have to bleed your brakes. If/when you bleed them also take a look at the color... You could've glazed your pads, but that's typically only possible when the pads are brand new. I'd start with the simple stuff first and bleed the front brake. In a pinch you could hook up a section of hose to the bleeder, have someone apply the front brake lever, and do a quick open of the bleeder screw.

Just a quick bit of fluid in the hose is all you're looking for. Any more then that and you risk running the reservoir low (and in this case will suck the diaphram too low in the reservoir).
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Just a quick bit of fluid in the hose is all you're looking for. Any more then that and you risk running the reservoir low (and in this case will suck the diaphram too low in the reservoir).
if you bleed too much fluid, no biggie, just top off the reservoir with more DOT4 fluid. only thing you want to avoid is letting air in the lines.
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^^^ I was pointing out doing it without opening the reservoir. Keeping the reservoir closed as much as possible is always a good idea to avoid contamination. If you bleed too much off with the reservoir closed you can suck the diaphram into the M/C inlet and vapor lock the breaks and possibly rip the diaphram though.
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