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    bleeding brake fluid while bike on sidestand

    hi - my bike has no centre stand so I have no way of making it level. Is it possible to bleed the brake fluid when the bike is on the sidestand, or does it have to be level? If it has to be level I'll just let my shop do it. Cheers.
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    Why would you think it needs to be level?
    Are there nooks where air can hide within your caliper?
    To get ALL the air out, Iíve seen wrenches remove calipers from their mount, then bleed the caliper at various attitudes. Using a thin piece of wood to mimic the rotor.
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    I thought the reservoir might need to be level to avoid spillage and to get the level accurately between the lines.
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    Bleed or flush :I not that it matters, is fairly simple hydraulics
    I've done a brake bleed in the woods at the calliper with nothing more then a crescent wrench. Flush and fill, just position the bars to where the reservoir is reasonably level when filling, is not a critical measure. Flush is a little messy at the reservoir end no matter how you do it. Always prepare for a little spillage and cleanup.

    ... new brakes / level should be at the top line not between them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    ... I’ve seen wrenches remove calipers from their mount, then bleed the caliper at various attitudes. Using a thin piece of wood to mimic the rotor.
    right after muttering a few choice swear words.

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