I’ve been trying to break up the posts between riding related stuff and maintenance to keep a bit of a balance for those that don’t perform maintenance. It will taper off as riding season comes more into play and we begin taking more trips and going to events. For now though, its maintenance time! This is the perfect time to get those bikes ready for some hard riding this spring, summer, and fall!
This week is about how to change the front brakes on your Harley. I did this video while changing them on my 2012 Street Glide but the principles will apply to all bikes, even metrics. The process is quite simple and you can do a front brake job in about 30 minutes and save a load of money in doing so. If you do it right, you wont even have to bleed the brake lines. What is important is to do this before your brakes wear out to the point of metal on metal. If you keep up with it you wont have to replace your rotors.
The front brake change on this video was done at 40K miles and it was the first front brake pad change on this bike. The original pads still had a ways to go but with the long trip Margaret and I have planned this summer I wanted to go ahead and take care of them now. This video only shows how to do the front pads. I had the dealership change the rear last summer when they had the wheel off to put a new rear tire on. Eventually I’ll change the rear pads and do a video of that process as well.
I hope these maintenance videos are helpful and encouraging!
Ride Strong, Ride Safe