Motorcycle Brakes FAQ

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Proper brake care is essential for safe riding in Portland, and every motorcycle owner should have basic brake troubleshooting skills in their toolbox. Just for a start, you should know how to tell if motorcycle brake pads are worn down — and when it’s time to schedule service. In the motorcycle brake FAQ below, we’ll cover essential topics like:

  • How to bleed motorcycle brakes
  • How to tell if motorcycle brake pads are worn
  • How to adjust brakes on a motorcycle
  • And more!

Top Questions About Motorcycle Brakes

  • Q: How can I tell if motorcycle brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced?

A: Motorcycle brake pads need to be replaced when too much material has worn away with friction. Many bikes are equipped with a wear groove indicator, but others require use of a micrometer to determine the level of wear. A squealing or squeaking noise can also clue you in that your brake pads are on their last legs. Consult your owner’s manual for details on checking the brake pads on your bike, or contact our service center to schedule an appointment with a Harley-Davidson technician.

  • Q: How long do brake pads last?

A: Brake inspections are a regular part of your Harley-Davidson maintenance schedule, and your owner’s manual can provide a manufacturer-recommended brake service interval. However, brake life can also be impacted by factors like your riding habits, the terrain in Vancouver, and others.

  • Q: Why does my brake lever feel spongy?

A: If your bike’s brakes don’t feel as responsive as they once did, the issue may be trapped air in your brake lines. Expert technicians can bleed your brakes at a Gresham-area service center.

  • Q: Can I learn how to bleed motorcycle brakes on my own?

A: Hydraulic motorcycle brakes must be bled to remove trapped air or contaminants. Once you know what you’re doing, bleeding brakes is a pretty straightforward job. It involves releasing air that has been caught in the brake lines by opening the bleeder valve while adding fresh brake fluid to the system. You’ll repeat the bleeding process until there’s no more air exiting through the bleeder valve. Whether you have questions about DIY brake bleeding or are looking for professional service, we’re here to help!

  • Q: Can I learn how to adjust brakes on a motorcycle at home?

A: Once again, you can definitely adjust your bike’s braking at home in Clackmas with a little know-how. That said, it’s always a good idea to have a technician show you how it works. Our service team is happy to tell you everything you need to know about DIY bike care when you stop by our service center near Oregon City!

Rely on Latus Motors Harley-Davidson for Brake Service in Gladstone 

If the time has come to schedule Harley-Davidson service or maintenance in Gladstone, you can rest assured that you’ll get the care you bike deserves at a certified H-D service center like Latus Motors Harley-Davidson. Questions about how to bleed motorcycle brakes or how to tell if motorcycle brake pads are worn out? Our experienced technicians have received special training to work on H-D models, so they’ll know your bike from top-to-bottom. Plus, we use only genuine OEM parts for all repairs and upgrades. Contact us today to learn more!

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