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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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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 07:54:55 pm »
Great to read this thread.  I had to replace rotors this year and of course added new pads. I heard this noise on the old rotor/pad combination and was concerned that still having the noise on the new set meant that I had a caliper that was sticking or something.  If this noise is common then I am glad to hear it (pardon the pun).
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2018, 08:05:41 pm »
I just got back form a short ride and mine has this ssshhhhh sound which is good..  .. the bike stops really well. Turn up the radio and enjoy the ride.
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2018, 09:36:31 am »
I'd be embarrassed to ride a bike with noisy brakes. 

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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2018, 09:50:50 am »
When I matched up EBC pads with my stock rotors there was a lot of noise. When I switched to EBC rotors the noise went away.
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2018, 10:44:44 pm »
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.

About a month ago I changed my front brake pads to EBC on stock rotors. Neither my wife nor I notice any noise/squealing. Sounds like I'm either fortunate or we're that tone deaf. No comment please  :-)

No issues for me with EBC pads!
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2018, 11:14:32 pm »
astounding revalation, and.. i agree wholeheartedly.. amazing this brake thing... I like the little "ssshh" sound my ebc's give me, and when I release them, and move forward, and clamp them on again, and they work.. i'm glad they are there...
as for the comments, on brakes, MEH...

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.

yep, they work well.... extremely well..

I agree with this...
I just got back form a short ride and mine has this ssshhhhh sound which is good..  .. the bike stops really well. Turn up the radio and enjoy the ride.

well, I guess this is your destiny....
I'd be embarrassed to ride a bike with noisy brakes.

bwaa..... haaa, as they say..

well that hapens, considering new rotors.. doh..

When I matched up EBC pads with my stock rotors there was a lot of noise. When I switched to EBC rotors the noise went away.



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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2018, 09:41:28 am »
So now the entire thread has been MOB'd. Always a treat.
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2018, 06:09:45 pm »
I installed EBC sintered pads on my 09 and the brakes squealed on light applications. If I applied more pressure on the front brake the squeal went away. Now that there are some miles on the pads the squeal has gone away with OEM rotors. I know the squeal is annoying but that is all it is, annoying.   
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Re: Noise on braking
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2018, 12:10:00 pm »
the noise is caused by  the lack of a cut in the brake pad surface [that the stock pads have] which allows hot air pressure to be released from cross drilled holes in the rotor and causes the zzzz sound . i proved this by replicating the factory pad cut on a set of ebc pads and problem solved.