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So ive pulled the back tyre.
Unfortunately my jack didnt lift the rear up high enough to roll the tyre out, so I had to take the final drive off and get it out of the side instead. Not a big issue as the drive had to come out anyway for servicing.

The drive shaft splines were mainly dry, dirty and some orange 'rust water' present, with old dirty grease at the drive end, and bone dry at the trans end.
Removed the dust seal, removed the snapring, degreased everything, applied a lot of molypaste, new dust seal, reassembled. Glad I did it.

Drum brakes, absolutely filthy. Covered in dust, dirt and some light surface corrosion. Cleaned thoroughly with brake cleaner, toothbrush and rags. Used some wet and dry to rough up the brake pads a little. They looked to be about 4-5mm thick.
All done and ready for the new tyre. Glad I did this, it was in dire need of some servicing
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In the past couple of years I have begun to use my rear brake for slow speed maneuvers & stops. If you haven't been using the rear brake, I guess I wouldn't be concerned. If not used, it cannot be worn out!

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I have 85K on my C50T and have never had to change the front or rear pads. I have only had to hit the brakes hard twice in 5 years. The rest of the time I use the front brake and the engine to slow down and stop. I just got the bike back from the shop for some warranty service and checked the front pads. Still the same. Not even half worn.

I have three sets of new brake pads, purchased when on sale. 1-ceramic, 1-sintered, and 1-organic. Not sure which I'll put on when it's time to change.

I have a new set of rear shoes too. But never needed them, through 5 rear tire changes. I did notice the casting on the current brake shoes looked to be about to rub the hub, so I took them to the belt sander and cleaned it up. Had almost as much pad material as the new ones, so I've never change them. Always adjusted the brake when changing the tire.

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