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I posted this in the Vision forum. It may be more appropriate to have it here.

A co-worker of mine has a 2008 Victory Vision with about 1,500 miles on it.

Problem: rear brake pedal goes all the way down, and does not engage the brakes.

Dealer A solution - This is a known issue. If the bike is not ridden for 6 months, air gets into the system. Polaris is aware of this issue. The Polaris recommended solution is to bleed the brake lines.

Dealer B solution - This is a known issue with DOT 5 fluid. It needs to be maintained, or bled. (I will cut dealer B a little slack.. this came from a sales person who obviously did not know what they were talking about.. the manual clearly recommends DOT4.)

The Dealer A solution sounds fishy to me as well. Brake fluid should be good to go for two years in most situations. I did a little hunting around the Polaris parts fische, and found that there are two differences between the brakes on the 2008 model, and the 2009/2010 models. First, more color choices on the 2009/2010. More importantly, the master cylinder part number changed from the 2008 model of 1910936-385 to 1911378-385. Interestingly, Polaris did not update the part number on the master cylinder for the 2008 model.. just a new number on the 2009 and 2010. All other parts in the brake system (calipers, lines, bushings, etc) remained the same. I would have expected some sort of update notation on the part number for the 2008 model on the 2008 fische.

I have not found any official recalls on this matter. If this is a "known issue" with the brakes, it sounds odd that there would not be a recall of some sort. I found some info on the Auto Recall Information for Consumers web site. Those just seem to be user complaints. The users complaint's are along the lines of what dealer A is telling my co-worker.

My thoughts are that my buddy should demand that the master cylinder be replaced under warranty as a starting point. The bike is still under warranty until December.

So far, the only documented fixes I have found are to bled the brakes, and one case of replacing the master cylinder.

Have you had this issue? What did you do to fix it?
 

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Yes some vision have had this problem I did.
The rear break line has a bad crimp in one of the connections.
Here is the simple fix.
With bars turned to right now pump the rear break pedal as much as you can.
Holed it down now open the MIDDLE bleeder on the right front caliper. Close bleeder.
" DO NOT TOUCH THE TOP BLEEDER"
Pump the rear pedal again hold it down and open middle bleeder.
When you get a solid stream of break fluid with no air your done.
You might never have to do this again. My bike has only done it once and it sits for five months when there is snow on the ground.
No you don't have to bleed any other caliper the right front is the main one for this
 

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Thanks! I will forward this info. The brake line part did not change, so I would guess from your comment that this was an installation problem at the factory?
 
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