This is my first bike with ABS and I like to change brake fluid at least once per season, sometimes even more often.
Tracer's manual says that after brake fluid change "HYDRAULIC UNIT OPERATION TEST" should be triggered using Yamaha Diagnostic Tool.
Would this be the only difference in the brake fluid changing procedure compared to the bike without ABS?
Does this test mix old brake fluid left in the ABS system with a new one, or there is some additional purpose of it? Maybe bleeding air from ABS system?
In the case that one doesn't own Yamaha Diagnostic Tool, would it be enough to change the brake fluid and then just try triggering ABS couple of times during riding/
What's about brake fluid type?
Yamaha still specifies DOT 4, although DOT 5.1 should be superb in all the aspects:
- higher dry boiling point
- higher wet boiling point
- compatible with DOT 4 braking systems (not aggressive to system parts)
- can be mixed with DOT 4
- much lower viscosity (should be important for ABS, for an example)
I have used on my Freewind both DOT 4 and DOT 5.1 without any issue.
Which is your preferred brake fluid for Tracer 700?