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Old 02-22-2007, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Before everyone jumps in here and tells me that it varies due to how you ride your motorcycle.......I'm fully aware that some members ride like little old lady's going to church, and there is those of us that drive it like we stole it and the cops are chasing us, and the occasional 2up riding...
What i'm really wondering is, what's a average number of miles that I should be looking at for replacing my brakes. I haven't noticed any reduction of brake ability, or a loud squeal like you get in a car. But I'm at the 16,000 mile marker and just curious. I do tend to ride harder when I'm flying alone, but I ride with a group a lot ( lot's of older people )that obeys the speed limit, and yada yada yada....
Give me some good signs I should look for, listen for, or milage ( if that's how some of you do your service items).
Thanks for the feedback Scott
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20.000 miles rode half 2 up and all real hard,, no problems yet!
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30K+ and I'm still on the stock pads.

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Real easy to get your eyeballs down there and look at them. If you can see the wear indicators (the little grooves) then you're OK. On the rear, look at the adjusting rod, if the arrow is between the lines, then you're OK.
BTW- I know it's irrelavant here, but I have 34,000 hard miles on the stock front pads on the C90.
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The fronts have a wear tab that will touch the rotor and let you know in no uncertain terms, it sounds like nails on a chalkboard. That usually happens around 30K for me. As for the rear, I'm over 150k on the original rear shoes. I'm thinkin the wheels will fall off before I replace them.
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Well that should save me some $$ for a little while. I was thinking I should get a set and have them handy but since I looked at them last June and was good. I had the wheels off for new tires and checked them then, but you never know. I guess I'll check them again this weekend just to be safe. Thanks for the replies. Scott
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've never replaced any....... never use them enough to wear them out, or sold the bike and bought a new one.
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I replaced the front pads at about 20K, as they were sounding skreaky when applied. It turned out that they were metallic pads, and hardly worn at all. I replaced them with non metallic pads and I like the silence better.

I don't recall others complaining of the screech- maybe it was my own unique problem.

Never have liked that fingernail/ blackboard thing anyway.
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28,0000 on the front, only replaced them because I was putting on a new tire and they were getting close. Figured do it then instead of waiting for the squealers to hit.
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