I have recently been aflicted with the dreadful curse of the '600 handbrake!
The handbrake would only actuate on the offside wheel, while the nearside varied between doing nothing and then locking the handbrake on that side. This, I have decided was not fun, so I examined the problem and thought to myself, I recognise this, it's a pain in the arse, that's what it is.
So after stripping the caliper to no avail, I decided to visit my local scrap yard for a replacement unit.
£20 later I have a caliper that I can strip down in my garage, pausing only to swear in my most colourful language (I am a Sailor) at the seized bleed nipple, I clean up the caliper inside and wire brush the muck off the outside.
At this point I am quietly hopeful that this will indeed work. I jack up the car, and with my trusty axle stands in place I remove the existing caliper. The 'new' one slides into place perfectly (standardisation, what a wonderful idea, thankyou Samuel Colt and Henry Ford) I slacken the handbrake cable from inside the car and hook up the brake hose and the cable.
I ask my wife very nicely if she would help with the bleeding of the brakes for a few minutes, in reply I get "Do I have to? I'm watching Big Brother."
"No dear, you don't have to, I can get a garage to recover the car and do it for me, but that will cost the several hundreds of pounds that you want to spend in Ikea, you can watch 'Big Brother' any time you want, it's on 24 hours a day for the next 37 years isn't it?"
She grudgingly helped me bleed the brakes.
I adjusted up the handbrake cable, and it all works perfectly now.
All I can say is I'm happy that there is no handbrake on a motorbike!
Last edited by BikerMatt; 18-07-2007 at 08:36.