How to Bleed Honda VTX1300 Brakes 

Bleeding the front and rear brakes on a Honda motorcycle is a simple maintenance job that takes minutes to complete without the need for fancy tools.

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to bleed the brakes on a Honda VTX1300.

Tools and Supplies Needed – Honda VTX 1300 Brake Bleed

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How to bleed Honda VTX 1300 motorcycle brakes

Bleeding Honda VTX1300 Front Brakes

Step 1. Straighten the handlebars so the master cylinder is level.

Step 2. Protect the gas tank’s paintwork with rags or shop towels.

NOTE: Brake fluid is harmful to paintwork, so don’t skip this step.

Step 3. Remove the front brake master cylinder’s reservoir cap, the diaphragm plate and diaphragm beneath it, followed by the float beneath them.

Honda VTX 1300 brake fluid reservoir

PRO TIP: The screws in the reservoir cap can be stubborn, so use an impact driver to loosen them without stripping the heads.

Step 4. Remove the dust cap from the bleed valve, which is located in the front brake caliper.

Step 5. Place a length of 5/16” hose over the bleed valve, and run the hose to a suitable container to catch the old brake fluid.

Honda VTX1300 front brake bleed

Step 6. Pump the front brake lever a couple of times, then hold the lever in and loosen the bleed valve. Old brake fluid should start to flow out of the bleed valve and into the hose.

Honda VTX1300 brake bleeding

Step 7. Tighten the bleed valve, then pump the front brake lever, hold the lever in and loosen the bleed valve again.

Honda VTX motorcycle brake bleed

Step 8. Repeat Step 7 three or four times, then top off the brake fluid in the reservoir. 

Honda VTX 1300 front brake bleed fluid reservoir

NOTE: Don’t let the reservoir run dry, or else air will get into the brake system and you’ll have to start the bleeding process again from scratch.

Step 9. Continue repeating steps 7 and 8 until you see new brake fluid without any air bubbles flowing into the 5/16” hose.

Step 10. Top off the master cylinder reservoir, then reinstall the float, diaphragm, diaphragm plate and reservoir cap.

Honda VTX1300 front brake fluid bleed reservoir

PRO TIP: If your VTX1300’s front brake pads are worn and you plan on replacing them soon, only refill the reservoir to the lower mark. This allows the brake fluid to flow back into the reservoir when the new pads are fitted and the pistons are pressed back into the brake calipers. 

Step 11. Put the dust cap back onto the bleed valve, then wipe away any last drops of brake fluid from the caliper and reservoir.

Honda motorcycle front brakes bleed

Bleeding Honda VTX1300 Rear Brakes

Step 1. Remove the dust cap from the bleed valve, which is located in the rear brake caliper.

Step 2. Place a length of 5/16” hose over the bleed valve, and run the hose to a suitable container to catch the old brake fluid.

Honda VTX 1300 rear brakes bleed

Step 3. Remove the bolt that holds the rear brake reservoir cover, followed by the cover itself.

Honda VTX motorcycle rear brake bleed

Step 4. Unscrew the rear brake master cylinder’s reservoir cap, then remove the diaphragm plate and the diaphragm.

Step 5. Pump the rear brake pedal a couple of times, then hold the pedal down and loosen the bleed valve. Old brake fluid should start to flow out of the bleed valve and into the hose.

Honda VTX 1300 bleed rear brakes

Step 6. Tighten the bleed valve, then pump the brake pedal, hold the pedal down and loosen the bleed valve again.

Honda VTX 1300 rear brake bleed valve

Step 7. Repeat Step 6 three or four times, then top off the brake fluid in the reservoir. 

Honda VTX 1300 rear brake fluid reservoir

NOTE: Don’t let the reservoir run dry or else air will get into the brake system and you’ll have to start the bleed process again from scratch.

Step 8. Continue repeating steps 6 and 7 until you see new brake fluid without any air bubbles flowing into the 5/16” hose.

Step 9. Top off the master cylinder reservoir and reinstall the diaphragm, diaphragm plate, reservoir cap and the rear brake reservoir cover.

PRO TIP: If your VTX1300’s rear brake pads are worn and you plan on replacing them soon, only refill the reservoir to the lower mark. This allows the brake fluid to flow back into the reservoir when the new pads are fitted and the pistons are pressed back into the brake calipers. 

Step 10. Put the dust cap back onto the bleed valve, then wipe away any last drops of brake fluid from the caliper and reservoir and you’re done.

Honda VTX1300 rear brake bleeding

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