Thanks, I saw the rubber cover over the hole in the left bag. There is no way I am going to get mare than a finger or two through there. Guess I'll be removing the bag.Onless you have small fingers, that's the only why I've found to do it. Only once was I luck enough to get the vac hose on the bleeder.
Been toying with the idea of cutting a larger hole and making some sort plastic cover for it with a rubber gasket for a seal.
I agree, the manual from my '75 Norton is more informative even considering you have to interpret the Queen's English sometimes!Just bled mine last weekend. Funny that my $50.00 repair manual failed to mention anything about an access plug, I just happened on it while removing the saddlebag. I agree not much room to work through the hole so I continued to remove the 4 bolts holding the bag on. Not a big deal to remove it and definately made for an easier and less messy job.
A few years back one of my friends bought a beautiful used 1500. At our spring maintenance day we opened the clutch reservoir and it looked like somebody had dumped a mocha drink in there, it was about as thick Half and Half milk. It pays to look after that stuff.Nice tip Ron. I never heard of that but I'm always open to things that don't cost you money. I usually change the fluids every two years. I'm not sure it's needed that often but it's nice to look at clean fluid in the reservoirs.
Rick; for the future. In order to remove the saddle bag it is best to remove the the cover on the bottom of the trunk four screw across the back on the outside. Be careful of the tabs on the cover and the trunk. It can be very aggravating to get off and just as bad going back on.Tried bleeding the rear brake on my '99 SE yesterday. What an ordeal! Could not get the left bag off, even after removing the four bolts - seemed to be caught by trunk, so I tried removing that as well. No go.
Finally resorted to enlarging the access hole in the left bag. Got the MityVac hooked up, and got some fluid and bubbles out, but it did not seem to fix the problem. Brake pedal still seems unresponsive. Did I need to open the cover on both the master cylinder on the handlebar as well as the one near the battery? I only opened the one by the battery.
The foot pedal for the rear brake has not worked since I bought the bike last summer.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I have only owned mine a little over a month and discovered the same thingIs there any procedure on a goldwing that doesn't involve removing 10 things to get to one?
The reservoir on the left handle bar is for the clutch. It has nothing to do with the brakes.Thanks again for your suggestions. I enlarged the hole in the saddlebag. I'm going to try the master cylinder on the front left handlebar. Looks like I'll have to remove the plastic cover on the wheel to get to the bleeder valve. Is there any procedure on a goldwing that doesn't involve removing 10 things to get to one?
I'll try and get them copied tonight for you. PM me your e-mail and I'll send them along.Thanks again to all who have responded. To Dirtymartini, I'd really appreciate you sending me the pages from the manual. Tomorrow I'm going to try to sort out the problem again. I'm also working on building a guitar, so my time has been a bit divided.