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Old 12-12-2012, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have replaced the rear Brake pads twice in just over 10000 klms .......i do use the bike around town more so than the highway.....but it looks like the brakes dont even last service intervals if using around town........does anyone else have the same problem
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have replaced the rear Brake pads twice in just over 10000 klms .......i do use the bike around town more so than the highway.....but it looks like the brakes dont even last service intervals if using around town........does anyone else have the same problem
Interesting info - thanks. I had my 1 year service in July at around 7000klms and they told me the rear pads were "nearly needing to be replaced". I do very little city riding, mostly all country and Great Ocean Road but I checked them today (at 9,000klms) and there is still some indicator left so probably will last another 1000 klms or so.
What I don't know is what is the best replacement pad for the bike or are genuine triumph pads the only way to go?
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My rear pads also wore out faster than they should have. You may have a similar problem to what I found. It's relatively easy to fiqure out if you can jack up your bike enough to spin the rear wheel. If it's binding you will hear a metal to metal scraping sound. You may be able to move the caliper by hand or with a big screwdriver to wobble the caliper just a little and free it up. If the noise changes and it becomes easier to rotate the wheel , it's binding. The rear bakes are a floating caliper type but in reality the caliper slides on 2 pins and the carrier is fixed. My caliper was sticking on one of the pins. I took my caliper off the pins and found no lubrication on one of them. I applied some brake grease to both pins and now when I spin my wheel it spins freer and almost no noise. The pads should be in very slight contact with the disc and return to that position after applying the brakes. Amazing difference with 2 little dabs of grease.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This seems to be a common problem for a lot of folks. I have found that I go through a set of rear pads about every 5-6k miles, or about when my rear tire needs to be replaced (sigh).

My front pads, on the other hand, lasted 24k miles without issue.

I don't ride the rear brake, and I am very conscious of it. I have started to change my riding habits so that I use my front brake almost exclusively except in slippery situations.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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stock pads on mine lasted about that, (6k miles) EBC sintered lasted me twice as long.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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On my Speedy.. my rear pads and rotors were shot at only 2200 miles. My dealer said there was nothing wrong with it.. but got it replaced under warranty after a lot of bickering.

Since getting the tbird.. I've been extremely conscious to NOT use my rear brake unless absolutely needed. I'm at around 2500 miles and they look good so far.


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Old 12-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I had to replace my rear pads at about 4k miles. I do mostly in town riding, and I am hard on them. By comparison my front pads were about half way worn out at the time the rears were changed.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I got 11k miles out of mine. Not bad I guess based on what others are reporting. I'll definitely check the lube on them though!
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The tbird is my 3rd cruiser and is no different than my last 2 (harleys) when it comes to brakes. we have two brake controls on our bikes unlike cars or trucks 1 pedal controls both. Thats why I replace my rear pads 2 to 1. In my case it's probably being lazy since it's easier to push my foot down than squeeze the lever. I need to find cheaper pads tho'
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