Myths and misconceptions
On blogs, in forums and on numerous social networks, many posters have maintained that the cuff is also used to protect the brake fluid from sunlight, preventing the latter from warming the fluid and causing a deterioration in its chemical and physical properties.
This, however, doesn't take a couple of basic facts into account: the Brembo brake fluid used by the top MotoGP and Superbike teams has an operating temperature range from about -40°F to over 392°F, and a very high boiling point. The effect of a few degrees more due to sunlight is negligible.
Brembo brake fluid is also not light sensitive - meaning that it does not degrade due to direct exposure to light. However, it is highly hygroscopic, meaning that it readily absorbs moisture from the air. This is why it has a limited lifespan and must be replaced very frequently.