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Old 04-14-2002, 07:37 AM
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Only Harley Davidson uses DOT 5, all the other makes use DOT 5.1. It might say DOT 5 on the cover but remember the European MFG don't recognize silicone fluid so they mean DOT 5.1. Don't make the mistake of confusing them, it really is a stupid convention you would think they could have adopted a designation like DOT 6 ?

Wait! how stupid of me, that would be logical and make sense. I have to stop using my head for these things.
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Old 04-14-2002, 05:07 PM
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Well 4 Jaw was right, never having owned a jap bike I decided to do a little ridin' today. It just happened to be a beautiful day here in Jersey. Of course it didn't take me long to find a few guys on some Hondas. I checked and their master cylinders were marked DOT4 only. Also found a BMW bike also marked DOT4 only. Now I know this topic has kind of gone off in an odd direction but know I really don't understand why Harley uses DOT5. From what almost everyone has said on this topic I would think DOT4 would be the way to go but they (Harley) didn't. Maybe there is no answer to why, just put whatever the stupid manufacter calls for in. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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I guess HD thinks the average rider needs the extra protection from possible paint damage more than stellar braking power. The Harleys I've driven all have had less than eyeball popping braking power (the newer ones are much improved). Since most are cruised not raced it might not matter anyway and having the calipers out in the air stream probably keeps them from boiling the fluid. Some people like the spongy brake feel actually and say to me that hard brakes don't have a proper feel that is easily modulated? Beats me?, I like-em firm and hard myself. This is beginning to sound like a dirty movie!
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