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Old 03-30-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Front Brake Question

When I grab my front brake it makes a RRRRRRRRRZZZZZZZ type sound, as I apply more pressure the sound increases I checked the pads & they look good, what do you guys think? Any information will be appreciated. I need to get the time to take it buy Motorcycles Unlimited but I dont have the $$$$ to spare on the bike right now so it will sit in the garage (because I dont want to go down the hwy & grab front brake & nothing happen) untill I can figure out whats wrong so tell me what you guys think.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:46 PM   #2
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Not being able to hear it I would suggest getting it looked at. But I'm pretty sure that sound you are hearing is normal. Most bikes make that sound. It's just the pad grabbing the rotor.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:50 PM   #3
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is the rotor loose ?
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when you say the pad looks good. what do you mean. seems to me that if you aren't sure about the noise you aren't going to be sure about what you are looking for when checking the brakes. look at both pads on each rotor (4 pads) and estimate a measurement on how much pad is left on each one. fyi - the piston side of the brake caliper will wear faster than the non-piston side.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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I looked at the pads on both sides & there is still plenty of pad left. I did not remove the calliper to check pads.
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Not being able to hear it I would suggest getting it looked at. But I'm pretty sure that sound you are hearing is normal. Most bikes make that sound. It's just the pad grabbing the rotor.
I am a little def in my ears so I may not of picked up on the sound untill now.
I just hope its not a saftey issue.
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Well i have noticed since I got teh bike out of the garage when I have to break alot, not really to hard either I smeall what seams to be burning. I checked the pads they are not bad yet. I am thinking something else is up. I dont know. Will try to take it to 2 Wheel Toyz to let Rudy check it when I can. heh if they are still there Ive been gone for 17 months, just got back down here.
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might be normal sounds then. notice any difference in stopping ability? if not I would not think too much of it. it might have been there all along and you just now noticed.
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stopping ability no difference she still stops ok. I feel a little bit better might haft to go on a liitle ride before the wife gets back . I will have a litle bit of time tomorrow & will stop by Motorcycles Unlimited just to make sure
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when you say the pad looks good. what do you mean. seems to me that if you aren't sure about the noise you aren't going to be sure about what you are looking for when checking the brakes. look at both pads on each rotor (4 pads) and estimate a measurement on how much pad is left on each one. fyi - the piston side of the brake caliper will wear faster than the non-piston side.
what if u got pistons on both sides like most of us do huh??... lol

noise u hear is probably normal cross-drill rotor braking noise
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Also check for debris/gunk build up around caliper pistons. It causes the pistons not to retract all the way (and they stick a bit), so you hear a bit of noise as they unevenly apply pressure to start with. Easy fix. Brake/caliper dust on the calipers is something that is commonly overlooked when doing routine maintenance/service/cleaning.
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Also check for debris/gunk build up around caliper pistons. It causes the pistons not to retract all the way (and they stick a bit), so you hear a bit of noise as they unevenly apply pressure to start with. Easy fix. Brake/caliper dust on the calipers is something that is commonly overlooked when doing routine maintenance/service/cleaning.
Thank you sir. I will take a look at them.
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I just want to make sure they will work, well lets just say hypothetical if I were to go a littlebit over the speed limit they I will be able to slow her down if I see trouble ahead.
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Well i have noticed since I got teh bike out of the garage when I have to break alot, not really to hard either I smeall what seams to be burning. I checked the pads they are not bad yet. I am thinking something else is up. I dont know. Will try to take it to 2 Wheel Toyz to let Rudy check it when I can. heh if they are still there Ive been gone for 17 months, just got back down here.
What seams to be burning! Not good have that checked out soon. You dont want to be up to speed & have somthing burning
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How do the surface of the rotors look? I can check it out if you stop by
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When I grab my front brake it makes a RRRRRRRRRZZZZZZZ type sound, as I apply more pressure the sound increases I checked the pads & they look good, what do you guys think? Any information will be appreciated. I need to get the time to take it buy Motorcycles Unlimited but I dont have the $$$$ to spare on the bike right now so it will sit in the garage (because I dont want to go down the hwy & grab front brake & nothing happen) untill I can figure out whats wrong so tell me what you guys think.
the noise is like another said probably the holes making noise, but take the calipers off and check the pads, clean them and scuff them a little before putting them back on

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when you say the pad looks good. what do you mean. seems to me that if you aren't sure about the noise you aren't going to be sure about what you are looking for when checking the brakes. look at both pads on each rotor (4 pads) and estimate a measurement on how much pad is left on each one. fyi - the piston side of the brake caliper will wear faster than the non-piston side.
this should NOT be the case if it is then your caliper is getting stuck and needs to be removed, cleaned and put back the calipers float on some bikes and cars or in the case of bikes specifically the rotors float most of the time

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Well i have noticed since I got teh bike out of the garage when I have to break alot, not really to hard either I smeall what seams to be burning. I checked the pads they are not bad yet. I am thinking something else is up. I dont know. Will try to take it to 2 Wheel Toyz to let Rudy check it when I can. heh if they are still there Ive been gone for 17 months, just got back down here.
if you haven't ridden in a while it may just be dirt or contaminants on the pads, if it keeps up pull them use brake cleaner on them scuff them ujp and put them back on, check if the wheel spins with slight drag but not so that it stops the wheel in less than 2 or 3 revolutions
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The sound is probably normal. All vehicles with cross drilled rotors make it to some extent. Older non-radial calipered bikes seem to make more of it than radial calipered bikes. or at least, thats what I've observed. The loudest, by far, was my '02 gsxr 750 with stock pads.
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I've had some pads make the noise and some not. It's no big deal.
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as mentioned above, what does the rotor look like? is the wear pattern consistent? You could possible have warped rotors. . .
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