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I just bled my bleedin' brakes and had one surprise and two disappointments. The surprise was I had two 8mm bleeder valves and one 10mm - it was on one of the front calipers. Why aren't they all the same size? Disappointment #1 was the MoitionPro Mini Bleeder Tool will only fit the size valve its intended for. http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0482/

Before purchasing it, I checked the valve on the right front caliper for size--its an 8mm. Silly me thinks all three are the same size, so I order an 8mm one (they also offer 10 and 11mm wrench sizes). So I figured I was going to have to bleed the left front the old fashioned way. Turns out I had to do all the bleedin' bleeding the old fashion way, cuz disappointment #2 was the bleedin' bleeder tool puked fluid and did not work as advertized. Fortunately, Pretty Wife was available to do the pumping and squeezing.

BTW, this was the first bleeding in three years and the first fluid to exit the rear caliper was milky, meaning it was water contaminated. There was also water condensation under the reservoir cap. They say you should bleed every two years, I think I'm going to be doing it every year as a winter project.

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Over the winter is when you might be getting the condensation.
This sounds silly but take a zip lock baggie or what ever and place over the rear master cylinder reservoir so air and humidity can't get in. You don't half to seal it just cover the cap.
Break fluid is good for 4 to 5 years.

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I changed brake fluid at about 20,000 miles, roughly 18 months. The fluid was dark but not milky. I found the same mismatch sizes up front. Used the Mity-Vac and found the 8mm side sucked air, but the 10mm side was nice and tight. Brake feel improved dramatically with the new fluid. It is amazing that something as small as the quality or age of the brake fluid can make such a difference.

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