help with brakes!!!! - Road Glide Forums
Troubleshooting for Road Glides List your Road Glide problems here, and DR. Ruth will answer them.

  • 1 Post By BH#103
  • 2 Post By Phantom6722
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-25-2019, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2
help with brakes!!!!

Help with brakes!!!!
I have a 2008 road glide that I just did taller bars and day makers on. Had a couple issues but got them sorted with no major problems and was back on the road. Took my wife for a short ride on mothers day and stopped at a park. Smelled something smoky and saw some smoke when we parked. I thought my wife just put her foot on the exhaust so didn't think anything of it. Got ready to go and started the bike. Started to smoke almost right away so I turned it off. Looked under the bike thinking that there was an oil leak or something and not a drop anywhere. I had my wife turn the key on and that's when I saw it, the rear brake sensor was melting and smoking everywhere! Road her home very carefully and had assumed there was a short in the handlebars I put on causing the connector to melt.

I tested the wire/connector that melted continuity against ground and am getting around 400 ohms (so some resistance but some connection with ground on the orange wire with the white stripe). Check the codes and I am getting C1095, C1214, C1216 which is basically brake light on continuously. I pulled the fairing and tested both sides of connectors. I am getting no continuity on the handlebar side and 400 on the other side meaning if there's a short its not in the handlebars I think. The brake light would turn on and off with back and front brake. I have replaced the rear brake switch and connector that melted and the orange wire with the white stripe is still testing 400.

What do ya'll thing? do I have a short somewhere in the orange wire with the white stripe or was the sensor just bad and that's why it melted? I called the dealership and they couldn't (or wouldn't) give me an answer on whether or not the continuity was normal or not ( don't wanna ride with a short in the abs/brake system). Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
bornfromjets is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 07:26 AM
Life Member
BH#103's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 1,524
So now that you replaced the sensor/switch for the rear master, is your issue still present? Does everything operate as it should; brakes, dummy lights, cruise control, etc? Until you have a value for what the resistance spec. should be and if you are even testing it properly, I'd stop chasing the 400 number.
A Seabee likes this.

2019 Silver Flux/Black Fuse FLTRU
BH#103 is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 08:31 AM
A Seabee's Avatar
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Калифорния
Posts: 44
I don't know much, but if it were my bike, I'd be rechecking all my work. sounds like you got some wires pinched somewhere. I dont think it's a coincidence that this started after you had the bars and fairing apart.

USMC & USN Veteran
Semper Fi / We Build We Fight

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
A Seabee is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 10:18 AM
Grey beard
Phantom6722's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Main Residence Perth Western Australia, Secondary Varna Bulgaria, Satellite Houston
Posts: 1,363
Welcome to the tank. The 400 ohms could be the resistance of the brake lamp filament. I would get to the connector for the front brake switch ( handlebar change only affects this switch) and test to make sure it operating correctly using a multimeter make sure it opening/closing properly.

If you have LED brake light then 400 ohms could a partial short circuit due moisture across another connector in the circuit. Good luck.
ALMOONEY and A Seabee like this.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Cheers Skip
Veritas Vos Liberabit{the truth shall set you free}
Phantom6722 is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2
BH#103 - I still need to put my fairing back on and take it for a little spin to see if the cruise control is working again (that's the only thing that wasn't working when this happened) but was trying to see if anyone knew if I had a problem or not to save me from possibly putting it back together and taking it apart again. I am not so much stuck on the 400 number as the getting some continuity between ground and the wire that melted. Do you know where I could find the correct spec? I can't seem to find anything in my service manual.

A Seabee - I completely agree with you. That was my first thought, but I've tested the problem wire and I'm getting no continuity between ground and and the wires in the handlebars. I am not going to take them back apart unless I can find a reason to do so because it's a PITA. Like I told BH#103, I need to throw the fairing back on and take it around the block and see if I get the codes back now that the sensor is new and connector replace.

Phantom6722 - Thanks, I will double check that the front brake switch is working as intended with my multimeter but as of right now I believe it is. I do not have an LED light but you bringing up that it could be the resistance through the bulb is a good suggestion.

Thank you guys, I will dot my I's and cross my t's and report back.
bornfromjets is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 10:32 PM
A Seabee's Avatar
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Калифорния
Posts: 44
any updates?

USMC & USN Veteran
Semper Fi / We Build We Fight

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
A Seabee is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which do you use more? Front Brakes or Back? turbochrisb *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 41 09-18-2017 11:38 AM
Bleeding brakes smay23 Do-IT-Yourself 5 05-13-2015 06:53 AM
Rear brakes worn out 14k. Hot rotor seahoch Troubleshooting for Road Glides 11 04-06-2014 12:30 PM
Near Miss and New Brakes TearlessTom *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 2 10-23-2013 01:12 PM
Front Brakes (Calipers rubbing rotors) roadglidecali Troubleshooting for Road Glides 6 12-03-2011 01:37 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome