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Just bought a 1985 goldwing. there is no rear brakes and would like to bleed them myself first before taking it in to be worked on. How is this done. Bike only has 9,000 miles and has been sitting in an old garage since 2007. Mice did a number on it but all can be fixed. With new gas it started right up and sounds great.

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It depends on whether it has a rear disk brake or a rear drum brake. If it is a disk brake the caliper will have a small bleed screw on it, all you do is fit a piece of clear hose to it or use a vizibleed which is basically a hose with a one way valve on it. Pump up the rear brake pedal and keep it held down, best to have two people. Then you crack the bleed screw by about 1/4 of a turn and allow the fluid out, tighten and repeat until all the old fluid is replaced by the new fluid.

If however it is a drum brake, you need to locate the drum adjuster. You will see an arm coming off the rear axle housing which looks like a gear lever, it will attach to a rod with a spring and a nut on it. Basically you tighten the nut until you get some pedal pressure.

However which ever version it is, you may want to change out the shoes/pads first.

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