R3T no rear brakes

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    Hello everyone,
    Bike sat for a bit over winter and I had to hook it to the tender to jump it. First ride out I had zero rear brake unless I pumped it several times. I bled the rear and in doing so noticed that pressing the rear brake didn’t even activate the brake light, whereas the front did. Suggestions?
     
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    This is one that requires starting at the brake pedal and checking the entire system. Since it's a simple system with few components it should be easy to locate the fault.
     
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    Do you have ABS?
     
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    Check the connection at the switch.
     
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    All after 14’have ABS in theUSA
     
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    Thanks for the feedback; should be light out soon and I’ll go look at it again. It does have ABS.
     
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    You may need to bleed the ABS - can't help with the methodology as (thankfully) I don't have ABS.
     
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    Update: As embarrassing as it is to admit, I did not realize there was a separate reservoir behind the brake pedal. As I’ve been bleeding for a while and watching the cylinder on the handlebars...it was unsurprisingly empty by the time I discovered it. Topped it off and now getting good bubbles out of the bleeder valve...going to take a while now but at least it’s a move in the right direction.
     
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    Hopefully there's no air going up to the ABS pump, but if there is, it requires a way to activate the pump to bleed it.
     
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    Indeed. I’ve heard some say you need a dealer tool and/or tune boy. Others say do some hard stops and force the ABS to cycle. Obviously I’m clueless so will have to find out.
    The Rocket was a big step up from my little Vulcan and it teaches me new things every day!
     
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