How do you pull the master cylinder away from the engine? Do you mean the slave?Bleeding the master is the same as the slave. You pump the lever three times, hold it, open the bleed port then close the bleed port. Do the same thing a few times until you get feeling in the lever. A lot of people back bleed the slave cylinder to the master. I generally fill up the master, suck it through the slave nipple. Then I pull the master cylinder away from the engine a few mm by loosening up the screws a little bit. Pump the master cylinder which pushes out the slave cylinder piston. Then when you push on the slave cylinder, it back-bleeds the system up to the master. Do that a few times and you will literally push-out all the air bubbles.
I don't like pushing oil into the system because there is an even greater chance of air getting into the system because it's nearly impossible to make a perfect seal. There are speed bleeder nipples which do work better, but that's a whole other can of worms.
That back bleeding trick I posted above is commonly used in the industry.
Care to elaborate? id rather not buy a tool unless i absolutely needed it. Correct me if im wrong but would i hook up the clear tube to the nipple than basically use the clutch lever as the pump to get the old fluid out?I have owned a MityVac and a compressor vac as well. Truly I dont see why you need either one on a motorcycle when you can access both the bleeder valve and the lever (front) or pedal (rear) all on your own (just my $0.02. If you have them already for your cars, ok sure use it then, but I dont even bother breaking mine out). Just follow the instructions above, use some clear tubing and a catch can (old plastic coke bottle or some crap (I do this and drilled a hole in the lid so the clear tube is tight, and so i can see how much is in there, and the color). EZ.
I know my reasoning sounds stupid, but I feel I have to clean the MityVac thoroughly when I am done, but I dont feel I have to clean a crappy coke plastic bottle and clear tube. So lazyness gets me. Yes, the hose to the nipple, its tight in the lid of my coke bottle, It just hangs there about 12" below the lever, I squeeze the lever and slowly open the bleeder valve, then before you bottom the lever, tighten the bleeder, repeat. Follow the order listed above and It's easy enough. Just ensure that you never let the fluid level get too low in the reservoir obviously you'd suck air in and be back to square 1. If it means you have to go spend $30 on a pump, i'd skip it.Care to elaborate? id rather not buy a tool unless i absolutely needed it. Correct me if im wrong but would i hook up the clear tube to the nipple than basically use the clutch lever as the pump to get the old fluid out?