I just replaced the front brake pads on my 2007 R1200GS at 70,000 miles. After pumping the brake lever to set the new pads against the rotors it seems that the lever is softer than before and I can now depress the lever to about an inch of the grip. I took the bike for a test ride the braking performance still seems good. I had the brake fluid replaced about 17,000 miles ago. I stopped by my local dealer and the mechanic told me that it is possible to get air in the system while spreading the old pads to make room for the newer thicker ones. He suggested bleeding the brake from the top nipple near the reservoir.
I will crack the bleed nipple to see if there is air in the system like the mechanic suggested, (that seems simple enough) but I am still confused about how air could get into the system by changing pads. Has anyone else had this issue? Could the soft lever be related to something else?
Thanks for you thoughts and suggestions.