With the only work Sylvie needs now being primarily cosmetic (despite my plans to do more with her long-term) I decided it was time to invest in a tank protector.
Budget being a little tight, I ordered a cheap tankpad.
I cleaned the tank with “metho” (methylated spirits) prior to application.
After placing it in position, I removed the protective plastic film.
While riding, I’d noticed that although the front brake was nice and responsive, the brake fluid looked both a bit low and a bit stale.
Checking the cap, I confirmed that replacement brake fluid needs to meet DOT4 standard and was reminded to clean the cap before removal.
Fortunately, I had some DOT4 brake fluid already.
I found my trusty magnetic brake bleeding kit in the shed.
Onto the disc you go!
Of course the hose has to connect somewhere. I popped the dust cover off the brake bleeding nipple
Connected the hose from the bleeding kit…
And it was time to remove the master cylinder cover.
I put the cover aside with its screws.
Bled out all the old fluid…
Topped it up with fresh fluid and put the inner cover on…
Then screwed down the lid.
After topping upthe brake fluid, I of course needed to test the front brake.
So I put my tailbag on Sylvie…
Put a couple of bottles of water in the tailbag, filled up her tank and and went for a quick blat about down the highway to Murrumbateman and back again.
All in all, not a bad Sunday afternoon!
P.S. – The cheap tankpad really was cheap! This is what it looks like just over 100km of riding later:
Oh well, better a cheap tank pad getting scratched up like that than the tank. That’s what they’re for, after all!