I left late friday to avoid hwy 70/lake of the ozarks traffic jam which put me traveling most of the night (my favorite time to travel anyhow). I was going along and everything was fine until I noticed my lights (foglights and headlights) would very slowly dim down for about 10 seconds then jump up to normal then slowly dim again, they did this all night regardless of my speed or low/high beams. then on the way home sunday it started to have a intermitant miss, kinda like you bumped the run/off switch for a split second then it would run fine for several miles before doing this again. then on hard acceleration on the on ramp after getting gas (always high octane shell) it actually backfired and spit and sputtered for a couple seconds. it did this twice in the same situation, i.e hard acceleration on an on ramp. then last but certainly not least. just as I was stopping at the last light before turning down the street to my house. I stepped on the back brake and it went all the way down, I pumped it a couple times to see if it would stiffen up, but each time it just went all the way down. so when I got it home I got down where I could see the master cylinder and pushed the pedal down and a fine stream of brake fluid shot out at me from about the middle of the bike by the frame. I gat a flash light and located the place where the fluid was squirting from. it turns out that harley uses an inline preasure switch to activate the tail light, and the fluid is squirting out from the front of the switch just where the wires plug in. the brake problem is self explanitory and I can fix that easy enough, I just wanted to let you all know that this is a problem that can occur and what it is. the dimming lights and sputtering have me stumped though. although I have read that the fuel flange or bad/low octane/ethatnol gas can cause these symptoms. any thoughts on these 2 problems would be great. thanx and it was nice to finally get some faces to go with the names of some of you, maybe next year I can get more than one day to actually meet you all.