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Old 06-04-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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Squealing Brakes on New Bike

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I've had my bike for around 1200 miles, and both brakes started squealing for some odd reason. The rear squeals every time when I'm close to coming to a stop. The front sometimes does, sometimes it doesn't. I have ABS on my bike. Any idea what could be the issue? I don't ride that hard, so I doubt the brakes are worn. Bike is a Triumph Daytona 675.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:12 PM   #2
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it could be due to your style of braking. light, even brake pressure starting long before you need to? that will glaze a brake pad. especially if that new pad has never been broken in with some sort of aggressive braking, from the start.

or, the pads need some anti-squeal spooge on the back side. probably this. you can try douching the pads and caliper with copious amounts of water and then drying them with compressed air.
but it's nothing serious that you should be overly concerned with. certainly not a dangerous situation.
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Brake pads

Yeah, definitely the pads. It's just something a lot of brake pads do. My Ducati does the exact same thing- a little noisy just before coming to a stop- especially if I haven't ridden it in a while, and rust or dirt has built up on the rotors. I had a car that did the exact same thing. Only 30-40k miles on the car, and the front pads were worn down. Squealing pretty bad. Took it to one of those "Just Brakes" places, payed them a ton for new pads (I didn't ask what kind), resurfacing the rotors, the works. Lasted about a week, and then started squealed like a SOB again, every time I would use the brakes. Took it to a Midas and had them put on much better quality, ceramic pads, and never heard a peep from them afterwards. Those pads are going on 60k miles now, and still strong. If it really bothers you, and spraying the stuff/cleaning them doesn't help, you could always put on higher end- ceramic/kevlar/carbon /whatever pads. Not that expensive, maybe $30-40 a set, I believe. It did wonders for my car, I know.
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Assuming braking feels normal in the lever, try some speed limit to 20 braking a few times on empty back roads to see if it's just the pads needing to still bed in or knock off rotor rust type stuff
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Often when brakes squeel, it's because dust has built up in the calipers and behind the pads. In that case, disassembling and thorough cleaning may help.
Or you can grit your teeth and ignore it, as mentioned it's annoying but won't hurt anything.
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I've tried braking really hard, but that didn't make it go away. I'll clean them with some water, if not shouldn't be a lot of work to take the pads out and clean the backsides. Thanks for the input guys. Was worried that the pads were already worn lol. I also do tend to brake a little earlier than necessary sometimes lol. If no one's behind me.
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