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Offline Saffer

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Noise on braking
« on: July 28, 2018, 11:52:41 pm »
Hi folks

I find that when I apply my front brakes, there is a noise almost akin to a dentists drill..a kinda low pitched grating sound, is best I can

describe it. I took the bike into my mechanic,thinking it may need new pads-but he gave the pads the all clear. My 08 has ABS....could the noise

somehow be ABS related ? rather irksome noise I would like to get rid of...any thoughts ?

Cheers and thanks.

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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2018, 12:43:42 am »
What pads are you using?  EBC pads, for example, are noisy.  I went with gen2 pads on my last change and I can’t stand the noise...  I’ll go back to gen1, next time, despite the higher cost.
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2018, 02:36:18 am »
Dunno what pads are on the bike....just got it.

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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2018, 11:57:55 am »
It's easy to remove a pad to inspect...  You may consider doing that.  I would imagine an 08 has had its pads replaced, at least once...  I wouldn't be surprised if you discovered you were running EBC.  EBC is a common choice, and they're noisy.  My local Kawasaki dealer, for example, carries EBC in-stock, but doesn't stock the genuine Kawasaki pads (ugh).
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 01:33:32 pm »
My brand new 2012 makes a fair amount of noise when using the brakes as well.  It is sort of a "whine" thats directly tied to bike speed, not engine rpm.  I supported the front end and looked for bad wheel bearings or something else loose a couple times and never found anything.  I figured it's just the fairing channeling the noise up to me and reducing the wind noise enough that I can hear it.  This is my first bike with a full fairing...
Long story short, I really don't notice it anymore and have decided it's a "normal" noise.
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2018, 05:20:08 pm »
Good sound. That means the bike can stop well.
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 10:11:50 am »
What pads are you using?  EBC pads, for example, are noisy.  I went with gen2 pads on my last change and I can’t stand the noise...  I’ll go back to gen1, next time, despite the higher cost.

I installed EBCs on mine and they are very noisy under light brake applications.

Once you clamp down on them, the noise is gone.
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