So been off the bike for over a year since I was deployed. Come home and check the bike which is not looking very good since I left before I could give it a good cleaning. Nevertheless, in typical Honda fashion after charging the battery overnight it kicks on like a champ. Gas is old and unfortunately tank is almost full. But no misfires and only issue is a mushy brake feel.
I know I need to replace pads soon and need a chain and sprockets as well. Order the chain and sprockets and ehen they arrive I head off to a shop about 30 miles away. Get to about 17 mile mark and feel rear brakes go all the way to the bottom. Ruh roh.
Pull off at nearby convenience store and park to check. My pads are down to nothing. So I start calling AAA and I do not have the motorcycle coverage. Same with my motorcycle insurance policy. I mean why would I pay for towing insurance rider when I have a Honda, right? 😉
So after hours in the heat trying to figure out what to do, I call to see if the shop has pads in stock. They do. EBC HH too. So my wife picks me up. We get the pads and I try to swap them out in the parking lot with just an allen key and a screw driver.
Unfortunately, I succeed in only removing whatever is left of the pads and am able to install just the rear pad. The front pad won't go in since both pistons will not retract at the same time fully. But since the pistons are no longer touching the rotor, I limp the bike to the shop 13 miles away so they can replace all pads and install chain and sprockets.
Get a call from shop stating rear caliper is not a little jammed so they say they have to drain the brake fluid to clean it out. I say go ahead and a couple of hours later they call to tell me its done.
I pick up the bike. Bill is $600, not including price for the pads I already bought plus the sprocket and chain set I provided. Ouch.
He tells me rear brake is not very tight and a claims it is because the rear rotor was scored a little bit. He said it will eventually set itself better.
I set off for 30 mile ride back home. As soon as I get on the bike i notice the rear brake was a bit spongy as he said it would be. So I take at easy on it. About five miles or so into the trip, now I feel no brake again and presume that they may have just not bled the line correctly. I get home at modest pace and when I check to see what is wrong, this is what I see.