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Re: Front brake lever lockup
Reply #40 on: July 11, 2020, 03:40:25 PM
Just started having this problem on 2017 US Model, less than 2000 miles. I will be contacting dealer this coming week.
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Re: Front brake lever lockup
Reply #41 on: August 01, 2020, 12:21:33 PM
My 2016 manual has done the same thing that I bought new in Aug 2019. Dealer blamed on my bar risers. So I went back to stock risers. Still did it. Very sporadically it happens. Noticed brake fluid was dark, appeared dealer didn’t flush from sitting in crate for almost 4 years. I Flushed the brake system and it hasn’t done it since. Next time does it I will take back to the dealer.
Last Edit: August 01, 2020, 12:24:23 PM by Cajunhog
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Re: Front brake lever lockup
Reply #42 on: August 01, 2020, 03:18:16 PM
Good to hear the brake fluid change appears to be taking care of the problem. I just got my motorbike back from the dealer... they did same thing. Changed brake fluid and cleaned master cylinder. So far, after 200 miles, no problem. I hope that takes care of the problem.
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Re: Front brake lever lockup
Reply #43 on: August 02, 2020, 12:25:45 AM
Its a good plan to flush the brake fluid yearly and change brake lines that are not hard tube every 7 years at minimum. Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere despite the systems being sealed. The owner's manual states the brake fluid should be checked every 6400 Km and replaced every two years. The check is important as when you see it even begin to turn color, change it out. If you ride in the rain, dusty condition then service should be more frequent.

The dealer that advised the risers would cause the brake lever to lock is misinformed. While pressure on the brake line could cause a brake to engage it would happen when the handlebars were turned to cause it, not when straight.

Never underestimate a dealer's incentive to take the path of least resistance especially when it comes to your safety. One way to get a dealer to be completely transparent about their diagnosis is to ask them for it in writing. Its amazing how things change when you ask for a written diagnosis because then they have to stand behind it with their service license as collateral.

Honda isn't going to read forum posts and act on them, they are not evidence of anything and relying on a forum to initiate a recall just creates a huge liability problem; no one really knows the whys or variables involved. If you're not changing your brake fluid yearly or at minimum according to the maintenance schedule then when things like the ABS pumps and so on fail it's more like due to lack of maintenance than a defect.
Last Edit: August 02, 2020, 12:38:32 AM by VFR1200XDH
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