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I have an 03 1800R.
13K miles on her.
I was working out of town for a few years,
and only got home occasionally,...
I rode her for a dozen miles or so each time I was home,
but probably only a total of a dozen times since 2016.

Now I am home - permanently (for the time being, anyway!)

I uncovered her and duster her off, and took her out for a spin,...

Rear brakes are only just barely slowing the bike down if I pump them
a little first and hold them to the floor,...
I'm thinking I need to bleed the system?
Pads were new at 12K, and fluid is still clear and light.

Front brakes seem fine.

Any suggestions?

Also, any other issues I should check after being stored so long?

Thanks!
 

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So,... it is the "brake bleed" for my first repair attempt! Excellent!
Exactly what I thought it might be!

PS I REALLY LIKE the RECOMMENDED READING suggestions after the posts,...
I don't believe that feature was here the last time I was hanging out,...
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Congrats brother! If you get around to it, SpeedBleeders make the whole thing stupid easy and really fast. One for the clutch would be good too. It's something I do every spring now. I have the added issue of the ABS locking up if the fluid goes bad so it's part of my spring wakeup routine. It's something you should do every 3 years or so anyway.
 
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Welcome back, Thrill.
If it's been at least 5 years since last servicing, the usual suspects come to mind: tires, oil, possibly battery (depending on current condition). Tires have not worn while sitting but rubber hardens over time (especially if you live south) and become more slippery which is highly undesired on 2 wheels.
 
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