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post #1 of 77 Old 06-07-2014, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Front Brake Feel

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Has anyone on here noticed a complete lack of initial bite/extreme level travel before brake engagement on this bike? i've bled the brakes, switched out the levers and will try diff pads next. Feel it on both road and track and its unsettling. Will a Brembo master cylinder fit with the stock switchgear?

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Sounds like your brakes need to be bled if you have excess travel, it's not uncommon on these bikes. The Brembo master is even better of course, but also doesn't fit with the stock start/stop switch so you have to change to a thin racing switch like this one:

BSD 2 button Start/Stop Switch Panigale | BD-SW-2B-04
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Jarel,

I have to agree with you that one must support their local dealer, but you support all of us with your experience and knowledge and it is much appreciated.

Personally, I have learned a lot from your posts and it has helped me make what I feel was the right decision regarding the purchase of my bike.

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I had this issue . Lack of or no front brake.
After run in service it was going fine... then after spending a few thousand miles on it I hadn't really realised that I was having to pull the front lever a few times before anything happened - that was until I took out my RC8 - and nearly flew over the front bars using the brake in the same manner.
Called ducati dealer there and then.
They were great and took 899 in to do the service of the brakes ... there was no 'air in the system' there is a 'fix' for the lack of front brake. Get it to your dealer, ducati uk knows theres a fix.
You're not the only one with this issue.
I mean if you bought a car and the brakes didnt work... you would take it back right then to sort... same with a bike.
It will only take them around half an hour to do and wont charge.
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thanks for the replies!
I bled the brakes which did not help.......
can you tell me more about what the dealer did to solve your brake issue, teeny? I had similar problems on the track switching back and forth between the 899 and 675! Some close calls!
Jarel, do you guys sell the brembo master cylinder?

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The stock master is a Brembo is it not? If it is like the one on my 749 it should have a bleed nipple on the top. Have you bled it from there? What I do is take a small clear hose and put it on the nipple and then back into the reservoir. I just pump the brake lever slowly and when the bubbles stop you should be good.

My 899 is still on the boat or at the port or at the warehouse. No one seems to know as the Ducati computer system is a mess.

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Jarel, do you guys sell the brembo master cylinder?
Yes, we have them:
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So has there ever been a breakthrough on the cause of the spongy front brake lever? I test rode the 1299 on Sunday and the difference was night and day. So much bite and amazing feel through the front lever. I've heard the complaint from several 899 owners now- is my only choice to let the dealer sort it out?
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So has there ever been a breakthrough on the cause of the spongy front brake lever? I test rode the 1299 on Sunday and the difference was night and day. So much bite and amazing feel through the front lever. I've heard the complaint from several 899 owners now- is my only choice to let the dealer sort it out?

I didn't like the brakes on the 899 from the beginning. I upgraded the master cylinder, rotors, calipers and eliminated the ABS. Now the brakes have good feel, are very powerful and have great initial bite.



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I didn't like the brakes on the 899 from the beginning. I upgraded the master cylinder, rotors, calipers and eliminated the ABS. Now the brakes have good feel, are very powerful and have great initial bite.


Any idea where the problem was in the stock setup? Would swapping the M50 calipers from the 1199 do the trick? Or do you think the issue lies more in the master cylinder? Don't feel like splurging on upgrading the entire braking system if it can be isolated to a single component.
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