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cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:29:28 pm »
My ZG1000 is back in Canada under a blanket in the garage, but I'm on holiday in Phoenix.  I rented a ZG1400 yesterday from AZride.com (I thought it'd be nice to see what I'm missing).  My son and I took it around the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.





I don't get to ride in December too much in Canada, so this was a real treat.

One thing that struck me as odd was the amount of what sounded like electrical noise that came out of the front brake whenever I applied it (it sounded like a cicada).  Is this normal on this generation of ZG1400?

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2015, 05:33:59 pm »
I had noise from my front brakes on my 11 model.  it was a bit more noticable than my C10, but nothing that concerned me.  are you noticing more of a chirping or did it pulse?  perhaps a bent rotor?
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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 05:40:25 pm »
No pulsing or shuddering, and the bike would stop sharp like when you applied them, but every time I did it was accompanied by a loud electrical whining noise that would sometimes keep going even after I got off the brakes.  No such sound from the rear brakes.

They felt ok, just that strange electrical noise.  The only noise I hear from the ZG1000 when braking is the sound of brake pad on disk.  I was just curious as to whether it was a ZG1400 thing, or an azride.com maintenance thing.  Are the Concours14 brakes electrically assisted?

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 05:43:16 pm »
How many miles are on it?  If it's over 25K, one or more of the front brake pads may be down to metal. I've seen this on a couple different bikes now. The pads don't seem to wear completely evenly. The inboard pads seem to wear faster than the the outboard, and the left inboard always seem to wear out first.
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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 05:54:36 pm »
I think it only had about 14k on it.  Mechanically they felt ok, electrically they were suspect.

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 09:08:23 pm »
It's the sound of the holes in the rotors hitting the leading edges of the pads.  It's normal but it should stop when you let go of the brakes.  If not something is wrong - pistons sticking, more than likely.

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2015, 09:22:58 pm »
EBC brake pads sing like that when used a Valkyrie or Goldwing. Maybe they were changed from OEM pads. Too bad I didn't know you were here. I live in Mesa.

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2015, 09:52:32 pm »
I started getting brake squeal when my front pads were changed from OEM to EBC. I've got several thousand miles on the EBC pads and they still sqeek.  OEM's never made noise.
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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2015, 01:47:00 am »
When I get home I'll get the helmet cam video off and see if it picked up the noise, then you can hear what I heard.

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2015, 04:18:43 am »
Curious what year of bike was it? Will linked brakes + ABS have any affect in sound?
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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2015, 03:16:09 am »
I think it was a 2010.

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Re: cicada brakes on a ZG1400
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2015, 02:13:00 pm »
My ZG1000 is back in Canada under a blanket in the garage, but I'm on holiday in Phoenix.  I rented a ZG1400 yesterday from AZride.com (I thought it'd be nice to see what I'm missing).  My son and I took it around the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.





I don't get to ride in December too much in Canada, so this was a real treat.

One thing that struck me as odd was the amount of what sounded like electrical noise that came out of the front brake whenever I applied it (it sounded like a cicada).  Is this normal on this generation of ZG1400?

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