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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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I thought I bought an MV?

Seems I've bought an aprilia, not an MV. Out on a ride this morning and coming into a corner a bit hot (sooo easy to do on this ) I went for a dab of rear brake - nothing! When I pulled over later, the rear brake is non-existant, just like the last three Apes I've owned. Why is that a korean bike manufacturer can produce a $4k bike and have a rear brake that works, but the Italian manufacturers that have produced some amazing machines for over 50 years, can't seem to make a rear brake that works?!

I'll be watching now to see if the clocks start fogging up, the clutch fluid turns black, the main wiring conector under the seat starts melting and shorting out the whole system, a coil pack shits itself, and then at 10k the alternator craps out - then I'll know for sure it's an ape and not an MV!

Seriously though, I did a search and didn't come up with anything, so hoping it's not a real problem. It's a bloody pain in the arse to have to keep bleeding the rear on the MV.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011, 10:29 PM
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I never had a bike that the rear breaks work well.

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Italians never use the rear brake much, some just trail brake coming into corners - has been discussed here on the forum quite a bit in the past.

My Suzuki would lock up the back wheel easy as... none of the MV's will though!!!!

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I was wondering if that was norm or just my bike.


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Italians never use the rear brake much..
I knew I had Italian blood in me.

It's not that it doesn't work, it's that it's full of air - no resistance in the pedel. tbh it's first time I've gone to use it, probably wasn't working from the start. I'll bleed it and see what happens.
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I was wondering if that was norm or just my bike.
I've had the same issue with both my Duc and the MV. I've went as far as to replace the rear master with one from Carl to try and fix the problem.
I have no idea why this happens but I know it really pisses me off to have such an "exclusive" bike that doesn't have a usable rear brake


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My new Multi rear brake might as well be a right foot toe rest.

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You are right the rear brakes not very good at the best of times, having said that, instead of hitting the brakes in the middle of a corner, just keep a steady throttle and counter steer into the corner, that will almost always scrubb of enough speed.

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I've had the same issue with both my Duc and the MV.
In all fairness to aprilia, it's not that the rear brake is faulty, it's just that they are stupidly hard to bleed correctly. Once they are, they're fine. But it takes the right procedure (calliper off, hung upside down etc) and lots of patience. Most dealers obviously can't do it right, judjing from the thousands of reports about the apes. I'm guessing this is the same and maybe so for ducs too?


A quick bleed will get a full peddle for a few hundred k's, then it quickly disappears.


Just hope that's the last of the "quirky" similarities though.
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You are right the rear brakes not very good at the best of times,
I don't know yet donsy, because I haven't used them

I'm glad to hear that when they are bled and working, they don't have a lot of bite though, nothing worse than that imo.

PS. ordering the microtech tonight!

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