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post #1 of 20 Old 10-20-2013, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Don't know what happened?

So I rode my back home from work and it started raining very heavily and myself and the bike got soaked. I rode in the rain for about 20 to 30 minutes of a torrential downpour. I parked in my garage and drove the car for the next week and a half. Yesterday I lubed the chain up and hopped on and the front brakes were definitely rubbing as were the rear, I could just hear the pads resting on the disks as the bike was moving. Anybody experience this or know why this happened? I rode it to work this morning and when I got to work it wasn't doing it. The breaks worked just fine. Thanks for the help.

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Sounds like a thin layer of rust on the disks that quickly wore off when ridden again for the first time. Some cars seem to do this more than others. I've had it happen on the Strom too.
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Sounds like a thin layer of rust on the disks that quickly wore off when ridden again for the first time. Some cars seem to do this more than others. I've had it happen on the Strom too.
This is correct info. A thin layer of rust can build up and will get worn off after a few miles.
 
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And it sounds just like worn out pads until the rotors scrub themselves clean again.

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This has happened to me several times in the past on several vehicles. Just more noticeable on a motorcycle.
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Thanks fellas for the response! Glad it's nothing major.

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It's normal and common. It's part of the reason you should never wash a vehicle and then park it.

I always run a few miles up the road and back after washing my car or any of the bikes. On the car I then just park it in the garage; but on the bikes I lube the chain and put a large fan on the floor next to the bike to ensure the rotors, brakes, and any void areas that can trap water are dried out.

If I park right after the rain I generally dry the bike off including the rotors, and then try to ride it briefly as soon as possible after the weather breaks to ensure it is dry.
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It's normal and common. It's part of the reason you should never wash a vehicle and then park it.

I always run a few miles up the road and back after washing my car or any of the bikes. On the car I then just park it in the garage; but on the bikes I lube the chain and put a large fan on the floor next to the bike to ensure the rotors, brakes, and any void areas that can trap water are dried out.

If I park right after the rain I generally dry the bike off including the rotors, and then try to ride it briefly as soon as possible after the weather breaks to ensure it is dry.
I will have to keep that in mind next time this happened, however I didn't have time to do any of this had I known. Thanks.

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It's normal and common. It's part of the reason you should never wash a vehicle and then park it.

I always run a few miles up the road and back after washing my car or any of the bikes. On the car I then just park it in the garage; but on the bikes I lube the chain and put a large fan on the floor next to the bike to ensure the rotors, brakes, and any void areas that can trap water are dried out.

If I park right after the rain I generally dry the bike off including the rotors, and then try to ride it briefly as soon as possible after the weather breaks to ensure it is dry.
Why would a motorcycle rotor require such pampering when car rotors clearly do not? Doesn't damage anything, just makes a little noise when restarted.

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So I rode my back home from work and it started raining very heavily and myself and the bike got soaked. I rode in the rain for about 20 to 30 minutes of a torrential downpour. I parked in my garage and drove the car for the next week and a half. Yesterday I lubed the chain up
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On a separate note it is a good idea to lube that chain right after any ride in the rain. Rain does a real number on the lube so replenishing it right afterwords is a good way to help the chain last longer.

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