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Riding home on my normal 50 commute today, I noticed a grinding noise every time I touched the rear brake. Got home and had a look, it’s immediately apparent that the inner pad has worn to nothing and munched half the surface of the rear disk, so I’m going to need another rear disk. The bike is 6 months old and serviced by a main dealer 4.5k ago, in other words, this Sprint has in the course of normal riding, got through a set of back pads in 4.5k!!!!!

Rang my dealer I am told they the pads and (much more importantly the rear disk) will not be covered under warranty as every rider is different and that some riders unconsciously cover the rear break, accelerating pad were.

How do you avoid this? It seems to me that a set of pads should last 4.5 k miles under normal use, which I consider mine to be!
Anyone else experienced problems with the 06 Sprint ST rear brake or pads?
 

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I have a 05 that I bought last June. Just hit approximately 4.5k and notice the same problem. The pad was gone. I'm sure the dealer will give me the same stance. Pad should last more than 4500 in any case.

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I had to have my rear pads replaced at my 6000 mile check up. I didn't think I used the rear brake that much and I know my foot doesn't sit on it by mistake because I keep the balls of my feet on the pegs.

I did start to pay attention to my braking after that because I thought I mostly used the front brakes. I discovered that when I brake I use the front and rears at the same time almost every time I stop without even thinking about it. I have started trying to use the fronts more but I get the feeling I may just be buying a lot of rear brake pads.
 

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i got 9500 miles out of my rear pads with plenty left. i changed them for ebc pads when i re-lubed the rear pistons and had new tyres fitted as its easier to do with the back wheel off.
Didnt notice any differrence in brake power either. still inadequate and the abs kicks in if you use them firmly.
I will be swopping the front pads soon for hh sintered once the master cylinder has been replaced.
 

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I had 42k on my 03 and still on the original rear pads. I used the rears only in the rain since they never seemed to be very good.

[ This message was edited by: zore on 2007-01-30 13:28 ]
 

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as with Villan, my inner pad wore ferociously while the outer one showed l
ittle wear.
First set graunched at 14,000 kms while 2nd set lasted only 10,000kms.
I certainly use it for low speed manouvres and to assist the front brake but I don't ride with my foot on the brake.
 

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Ride with your toes on the pegs, at least thats what I do. Also adjust your brake pedal really low so if you don't ride with your toes on the pegs you won't ride the brake pedal.
i seldom use the back brake at all, very little braking going on there.
 

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holysh*t I read this post 5 minutes ago...

My bikes at the dealership getting the recalls done.

I just called them to see if I can pick it up at 4pm....
(the odometer reads 5880 kms)
and I have been informed the rear brake is ready for a change!

I think I might have a tendency to ride it.... hard to tell with stiff boots.
(ex-off road single track rider, really tight wooded trails)
So I am used to being heavy on the rear and brake sliding around trees.
its been a habit I have been trying to break errr brake!!

I suppose I will have to keep my foot off to the side like I was taught!

well atleast the dealership had it apart already.




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[ This message was edited by: bakwheeltango on 2007-01-30 16:12 ]
 

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stevecro,

Sounds like your getting the same mileage out of it I got. I don't ride with my foot on it but I have discovered I use it.
 

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My last bike was a 84 Honda Nighthawk 700,which had a drum rear brake. I discovered that I picked up a bad habit of using alot of rear brake force because of it. My rear brakes on my 955 wore out at about 4500 miles. I thought, How could this be? I don't ride the brake...I use both the front and rear like I'm supposed to. I've since realized that I was using this nice disk brake like an antiquated drum brake. After I started easing up on the pressure, all is right in rear disk brake land. And I still stop on a dime. :-D
 

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I think I might have a tendency to ride it.... hard to tell with stiff boots.
(ex-off road single track rider, really tight wooded trails)
So I am used to being heavy on the rear and brake sliding around trees.
its been a habit I have been trying to break errr brake!!
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I just studied my riding habits as I rode back from the dealership. I do not ride the brakke my foot is off to the side.
I do however brake using both brakes.... like I was taught.

I asked the dealership and they said it was around the average rear brake life that they have witnessed.
 

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Mate, on my first set of rear pads I got 2500 km before they where down to metal. After a while I figured out that it was probably me resting my fat foot on the brake pedal. After that I adjusted the pedal a bit lower and made sure I kept my foot off the brake. After about 6000 km the rear pads have very little wear on them and hopeful they will last a fair bit more. Hope this helps.

Cya The Tankman
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On 2007-01-31 01:05, NikosR wrote:
In any case, wearing the disk is your mistake. You should have been checking the pad condition regularly.
Well of course Nikos is right, I should have been checking them regularly – it’s just so very difficult to do on the Sprint with the single sided arm. As mentioned elsewhere in the thread, the inner par wears down a lot quicker than the outer one so be warned!

And I have to confess, I had thought that the pads had been changed by the dealer at 5000m, my mistake as they did this at the first service so I had in fact got 8000m from my rear pads!

It just that in the past, I have never worn a set of pad to the metal between services, oh well, it’s at the dealership now and they did give me a loan bike so I’m just waiting to find out what it will cost.
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Much depends on usage. The rear pads on my first ST lasted 8000 miles. They were replaced with EBC's which lasted 19000. On my current ST, the original rear pads lasted 5000, but my journey to work on the current bike involved a lot of stop start traffic and much low speed manouveuring. I use the rear brake a fair bit at walking pace speeds. They were replaced with EBC's as well and they are holding out a lot better.

Even allowing for that use, 5000 miles from rear pads is not good, especially as aftermarket pads last far longer in the same conditions. But Triumph are not alone in this. BMW rear pads can wear out quickly (the fronts last forever though) and Yamahas have been known to wear out quickly too. the only answer is to keep a regular check on the pads inbetween the services.
 

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the rear pads on the pre 05 ST are of different thickness, therefore it appears one is wearing more than the other. I discovered that the pads fitted to the RS are both of the same thickness and will fit . I used those from then on with no ill effects and longer life. I would post the ref numbers but I am working away from home and dont have them to hand, sorry. They can be found in the EBC catologue however. I intend to investigate this swap on the 06 when the time is right. Hope this is helpful.
 

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Just got the bike back, the work was done in a morning, did not need a new disk (thank you lord) just pads. Big up to Metropolis in Vauxhall for prompt and friendly service, the loan bike, and some personal attention from the ever helpful Bob. I’ll be inspecting them there rear pads with care in future I can tell you!
 

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I had them lower the brake lever a bit too.

I think knowing it wears like that will make me more conscious of it in the future.

Also the service manager mentioned that the EBC brakes will last longer then the stock ones.
 
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