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post #1 of 15 Old 05-20-2008, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Check your brakes!

I'm terrible about most maintenance and let the rear brake pads go far to long unchecked. The pads weren't indicating any issues and then I finally heard a bit if metal which made me remember that they were in dire need of service.

So I parked the bike and got the new pads in and when I removed the old rear pads.... OMFG there was none of the pad left at all!!! I mean absolutely nothing except bare metal on both pieces.

Don't be an idiot like me... check your brakes because the friggin things still function to the bitter end, but clearly shouldn't go that long.

To anyone thinking it's difficult to change them out... handing me a wrench is like letting a monkey work on a atom bomb, yet I managed without issue. It's so simple that it's hard to believe the system works.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-21-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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I'm terrible about most maintenance and let the rear brake pads go far to long unchecked. The pads weren't indicating any issues and then I finally heard a bit if metal which made me remember that they were in dire need of service.

So I parked the bike and got the new pads in and when I removed the old rear pads.... OMFG there was none of the pad left at all!!! I mean absolutely nothing except bare metal on both pieces.

Don't be an idiot like me... check your brakes because the friggin things still function to the bitter end, but clearly shouldn't go that long.

To anyone thinking it's difficult to change them out... handing me a wrench is like letting a monkey work on a atom bomb, yet I managed without issue. It's so simple that it's hard to believe the system works.
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I would add to this - check your speedo in the front wheel. Mine had leaked and was full of rust...had to take it apart and use brake cleaner and brushes to get the rust out. Packed with Bel-Ray WP grease to prevent this.

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post #3 of 15 Old 05-21-2008, 07:32 PM
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And don't forget to check:
Brake fluid
bearings front and rear
bolts for tightness, even on the foot pegs
Break and Clutch cable for wear
Oil and filter
chain, rollers and gaskets if applicable
radiator fluid level
tires for wear
spokes on wheels
and finally readjust your leveler balancer. Really nothing to worry about. LOL

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My point was not about everything that needs checked on the bike. I think everyone knows it's best to maintain everything, but common sense says we all don't and also don't visual inspect every nut, bolt and grease point.

My point was simply that, unlike vehicle brakes, these KLR brakes do not have those little warning tabs before the pad is completely gone. The pads will function perfectly fine all the way to the last remnants of pad material and unless visually checked there is no sign or warning that they are almost gone.

I was just putting the warning out there for anyone else unaware of this.
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-21-2008, 09:19 PM
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Sorry, not being judgmental just looking at it with irony. There are so many things on a bike that give no warning, they either work or the don't. When they stop working it can be really bad. It is worth the time to spend a day to strip down the bike look over the parts, check all the moving and non moving parts to look for abnormal wear, corrosion, or fluid levels. :-)

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post #6 of 15 Old 05-22-2008, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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I understand what your saying, but again, that's not the point of this thread so why bring it up? I would have said "Check everything" if the point of thread was about checking everything.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-22-2008, 09:18 AM
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Well, not everyone is Black and White in how the express themselves. The point was well recieved on the brake issue and reminds me I have got to be much more diligent in checking things, rather than just hopping on and riding. Thanks for the heads up Wander, it is appreciated.

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Has anyone had a leaking front brake fluid reservior? I just noticed that mine is leaking around the cap. It dripped on the paint on the fairing and messed it up too. I am still under warranty, so I am going to take it in and make them fix it.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-26-2009, 12:41 AM
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Don't forget your muffler bearings, turn signal fluid, and thingamajig.

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This is why I don't wash my bike. Can't see the problem= no problem!

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