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    2004 RSV 1000R Questions: Rear Brake is Crap, and False Overheating Warning Light?

    Hello,

    I knew before I bought my 2004 RSV 1000R last year that the bike were quirky, and one of the least favorite things owners agreed upon was how poor the rear brakes are. Little did I know until I bought my bike and hopped on it that depressing the rear brake lever had all the consistency of stepping on a wet newspaper, and about as much stopping power. I'm pretty sure that I've seen threads on this subject (as well as fixes), but can't seem to locate any via the Search option. If anybody could send me links to previous threads on this subject, or let me know how to fix/upgrade the rear brakes (ie: suppliers, kits, instructions, pitfalls, etc.), that would be great.

    Also, I seem to have a sporadic problem with regards to the bike's display indicating an overheat warning. I'll be tooling along and all of a sudden the red warning triangle with the exclamation point will start come on and the temp will start blinking 135*. This freaked me out the first time it happened (on the freeway, the previous temperature indicating approx. 90*). I pulled over, turned the bike off and thought of how to get towed from that location. About 2 mins later, I turned the key to see if the temp had come down from "135*", and the bike was indicating 88* (which we all know can't happen in the span of 2 minutes, unless you parked the bike in a freezer). This has happened, sporadically, approximately 8 times in the last 6 months, and not rhyme or reason (different riding conditions, weather conditions, etc.). Is it simply a faulty temp sensor, or could it be something else? Any and all feedback is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    J.

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    Check the temp sensor ,maybe loose connection,with me bad sensor ,temp reading jumping up and down ....
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    Check in kzmile s post s,you have it step by step.
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    The back brake...
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    Thumbs up ?

    There's an upgraded temperature sensor, Amauri did a thread on it
    It requires an adapter to plug into the harness
    Check AF-1s part lists
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    Whatever you do with the rear brake, do not try to adjust the push bar to make the brake more efficient. That way you'll just make the brake lock up as the brake fluid warms up.

    Been there, done that (more than once)...

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    Bleeding the rear brake is a bit of a hassle.
    Service bulletin from Aprilia says the caliper needs to be removed from its bracket and hung from the frame rails.
    This doesn't seem to be a fix for all rear brakes, although it works for me.
    RSV4 rear sets fit and relocate the rear master cylinder to a mount on the rear sets.
    Many people on this forum find this the best cure for rear brake problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janky View Post
    Check in kzmile s post s,you have it step by step.
    I did a search for that exact user name and kept getting an error message.
    Can you either send me a link to the post with the rear brake step-by-step, or maybe a link to KZMILE 's user page so I can search for that post?
    My rear brakes recently went from "Poor" (ie: Factory Spec) to "Non-Existent", so I'd like to see what'd involved and approximate how much $$$ it'll cost so I can budget how long it'll take me to afford to get done.

    Thanks,

    Justin

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    Quote Originally Posted by theknurl View Post
    There's an upgraded temperature sensor, Amauri did a thread on it
    It requires an adapter to plug into the harness
    Check AF-1s part lists
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jman995x View Post
    I did a search for that exact user name and kept getting an error message.
    Can you either send me a link to the post with the rear brake step-by-step, or maybe a link to KZMILE 's user page so I can search for that post?
    My rear brakes recently went from "Poor" (ie: Factory Spec) to "Non-Existent", so I'd like to see what'd involved and approximate how much $$$ it'll cost so I can budget how long it'll take me to afford to get done.

    Thanks,

    Justin
    Nevermind...didn't realize that his username was missing an "L" and wasn't kzmiLe, but rather kzmiLLe.
    Found the post.
    Thanks.

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