Join Date: Sep 2010
Sonic, the temptation to flame you for that post is too great, but I will be a gentleman about this, as are the other members of this forum.
Let me tell you a couple tales about what happened to me. But first, I will inform you as to why brake, clutch and fork fluids should be changed every two years or more often. If the rear shock can be bled, then do that too. Not many know that one.
Brake fluid is hydrogenous, that is, it absorbs moisture--even the moisture in the air. That reduces the fluid's boiling point - you don't want that to happen when needing to make a quick stop - and corrodes parts in the entire system, especially the calipers.
Story One: I recently had a bike that had a hydraulic clutch and had not bled it out prior to a cross continent trip. After all, the fluid was JUST 2 years old and I'll change it when I return home. I was westbound in Kansas on I-70, bucking a stiff headwind which was making the clutch work hard. I was exiting the freeway on a downhill ramp with a stop at the bottom. The clutch lever went to the grip with no resistance whatsoever. The moisture in the fluid caused it to boil and not work the clutch. Bled it out the next morning and all went well from then.
Story Two: I just bled my XR's brakes after 3 years. The fluid in the front reservoir was just light tan. I learned later that can be almost 50% water. When I went to do the rear brakes, the first squirts were MILKY, meaning there was a pot full of water in that fluid. Only 3 years and the bike is garaged in a tight, attached garage.
So, Sonic, how long do you want to keep your fluid and how long do you expect to live? Imitating what the uninformed are doing will shorten your life, which I assume is worth much more that a bottle of brake fluid. No go and sin no more.
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