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Question Brakes are locked up on my new bike - November 11, 2013, 11:42 AM

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I picked up a 05 gsxr 600 last night and while trying to move the bike today I realized that I could not move the bike and that somehow the brakes seem to be locked. I am now unable to pull in the brake level and I notice there is some kind of oil by the fork close to the front brake on the left side only . Has anyone else had this problem before ? I have owned a few gsxrs and I have never had this problem before .
I am going to call Brooks Cycles to see if they can possible tow the bike and look at it since I live close by them .

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November 11, 2013, 11:56 AM

possible that one of the pistons in the caliper seized up good.


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November 11, 2013, 12:40 PM

the bike isnt in gear right? did you try pushing it with the clutch in? hows your brake fluid? is it filled up too much? can you tell if its the rear/front locked up? take the calipers off and inspect them to see if one of the pistons are seized like airjor said. take the front calipers off and see if the front wheel spins freely. inspect brake lines

the oil by your fork is probably from the forks, very possible the seal is leaking. dirt or wheelies cause this generally.

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November 11, 2013, 12:51 PM

I would drain some of the fluid to ease up pressure in the system and hope that it's not a seized piston. At least that would let you load it up in a truck for transport if you have one.


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or take off the calipers, if you are struggling extra hard to get it off, its seized.


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possible that one of the pistons in the caliper seized up good.
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the bike isnt in gear right? did you try pushing it with the clutch in? hows your brake fluid? is it filled up too much? can you tell if its the rear/front locked up? take the calipers off and inspect them to see if one of the pistons are seized like airjor said. take the front calipers off and see if the front wheel spins freely. inspect brake lines

the oil by your fork is probably from the forks, very possible the seal is leaking. dirt or wheelies cause this generally.
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I would drain some of the fluid to ease up pressure in the system and hope that it's not a seized piston. At least that would let you load it up in a truck for transport if you have one.
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or take off the calipers, if you are struggling extra hard to get it off, its seized.
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No it was not in gear and to make sure of that I did pull the clutch in to try to move it. I am not sure if the rear is also locked but the front is definitely locked because when I tried to move the bike forward the forks compressed down! I don't really feel comfortable doing anything right now myself and possibly make the problem worse . Looks like Brooks is closed today will give them a call and see if they can hopefully look at the bike and fix the issue . I just hope its nothing major like the forks :/
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No it was not in gear and to make sure of that I did pull the clutch in to try to move it. I am not sure if the rear is also locked but the front is definitely locked because when I tried to move the bike forward the forks compressed down! I don't really feel comfortable doing anything right now myself and possibly make the problem worse . Looks like Brooks is closed today will give them a call and see if they can hopefully look at the bike and fix the issue . I just hope its nothing major like the forks :/
I can't really tell if that is fork oil or brake fluid from the pictures, either way, you would want to clean up the liquid with some brake cleaner or degreaser as brake fluid is highly corrosive


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Fork seals are blown man, fork oil on your brakes is no bueno, ruins your brake pads, yes it is possible that the fork oil helped seize your piston on the caliper
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If it was that much brake fluid, do you think his front lever would be stuck? and theres rubber that is meant for brake fluid in there but a petroleum based oil such as fork oil could deteriorate it causing the piston in the caliper to finally lock up..

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November 11, 2013, 01:50 PM

definitely fork oil


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November 11, 2013, 02:27 PM

Hey, buddy! Yeah, it looks like you've got a couple things going on here. Open up the bleeders and pump once or twice to relieve some of the pressure. Hopefully then you'll at least be able to push her around. The master cylinder could be all gunked up, or maybe the caliper is seized. Either way, give us a call tomorrow and we'll get you taken care of.

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November 14, 2013, 05:53 AM

Hi Guys
Just wanted to say thank you guys.
I have dropped it of at the shop with Jason at Brooks .
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November 14, 2013, 07:29 AM

Though it's at the shop now, and they will deal - I'll pile on the multiple problem band wagon.

Looks like a bad fork seal on top of your brake issue. Brake fluid and fork oil are easy to differentiate at home though. Just gently spray (like from a trigger bottle on mist) on/around the mystery fluid.

DOT 3, 4 and 5.1 fluid will rinse away with the water. Fork oil, is well... oil and will not mix with the water and rinse away.


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Glad its at the shop. You definitely want your Front Brakes and Suspension in perfect working order.


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