front brakes

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by tommys, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. tommys

    tommys Member

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    2005 road king classic
    front brakes seem to being grabing when brakes are applied the front end pulls down then back up several times just like you were letting off the brakes and reappling them.
    brakes pads looks like there about half wore out
    have had someone tell this is a warped rotor[disk]
     
  2. johnkarlfl

    johnkarlfl Active Member

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    agree with smitty, maybe air in the brakes,
    I had a warped rotor, it was noisy when hitting the brake lightly, a pulsing noise
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    If the brakes are not releasing, try cracking the bleeder screws to see if fluid gushes out, if it does you have a sticky caliper or master cylinder, if the rotors are out of round you can check the runout with a dial indicator if you have one
     
  4. franka

    franka Active Member

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    Go with Jack's info. I had the same problem and the front brakes locked up going about 40 mph. Luckily I was able to control the bike, don't wait to fix it and if you can't do it yourself, get to the dealer as it's nothing to mess around with.
     
  5. btsom

    btsom Active Member

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    Any chance for an 05 to have ABS? That might make the trouble shooting a bit more difficult.
     
  6. 89 FXRS

    89 FXRS Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure that the ABS didn't come out until 2008 with the brembo system
     
  7. tommys

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    thanks guys will bleed brakes tomorrow night and see if that helps
    bike dosen't have abs
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Might want to change the brake fluid out. If DOT 5 (Silicone based), it should have the characteristic purple color. If it is clear or amber in color, it should be changed out. If it is DOT 3 or DOT 4 (Glycol based) it should be light honey color...if dark brown or amber it needs to be changed out. In both cases just use a clear tube and gravity drain it from the master cylinder until clean fluid runs out and you should be good to go. Might also want to try the overnight bungee corded brake lever method to get the last bits out. :s

    Bleeding Brakes - Harley Davidson Community

    Brake Bleeding Tips - Harley Davidson Community

     
  9. bobwire

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    05 cop bikes have abs..................bw
     
  10. Porter

    Porter Junior Member

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    Just a question: Have you ever had the brake fluid changed?