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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Rear brake reservoir empty...?

Reposting from the other Rebel Forum: I'm a total newbie.. took my 2017 Honda Rebel 500 on its very first ride yesterday - gotta practice and it was glorious! Being new and only 5', 110lbs, I lose balance more frequently than I'd like. I didn't exactly *drop* my bike, but when I felt it start to lean and couldn't wrestle it, I just guided it down to the ground as gently as I could. Then I'd catch my breath and pick it up. That happened maybe four times.

Anyway, the last time I laid my bike down, I was so **** tired that I let her lay there for about 10 minutes. When I walked around to pick her back up, I noticed a fluid spill.. it looked blue and somewhat viscous so I assumed it was coolant. Picked her up and rode home.. three miles.

Today I went to check on my bike and there was no indication of a leak (the ground underneath the bike was dry). Coolant level was on the "upper" line, which surprised me since I spilled some. The problem, though, is with my rear brake reservoir, which seems to be empty.. it's supposed to be somewhere between the "upper" line and the "lower" line but there was nothing.

I followed the owner's manual instructions on how to check levels for this.. which is with a cool engine (check), and upright (check). So naturally I googled it and I don't like what I've read so far. I'd like to avoid a mechanic if I can.. any ideas on what's going on and what I should do? I should just be able to top it off, right? I mean, the brake pads are brand new...
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Have you taken the MSF course? Highly recommended if you haven't, as they cover a LOT of low speed maneuvering, which could likely be your issue with losing balance and having to lay the bike down.

No idea about the brake fluid, though...
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What is it that you have been reading then that could be a possible reason?

And when the bike is brand new, it's not a 100% sertan that either the factory or the dealer have been carefull enough to ensure that all levers of fluids is where they're suppose to be.
So to start with, just fill it up again with fluid and pump that brake a good couple of times to get the fluid in there. Might have to bleed the brake thou, to get any air out.
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Welcome. The MSF course is a great thing. Enjoy and ride safe!
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Thanks, guys.. circling back to let you all know that I took care of this last night. And by "took care" I mean that after I pulled the reservoir out, I realized that it was fine.. the part that is viewable through the window isn't really all that visible, so I couldn't tell without pulling it out. On the plus side, I learned something new!
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Glad you got that sorted out.

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Holy moly, dropping the bike 4x already? Should've started with a used bike or as suggested the MSF course. (Better to drop their bike than your own)
any scratches?
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