Take a Second Look - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 Old 08-30-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
strompilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Posts: 2,424
Take a Second Look

My '09 Wee has just under 19000 miles on it. So I got to thinking, I better check my front brake pads, since I do most of my braking with the front brakes. Made a flashlight check and OMG! Looks like they're about down to the metal. So, I called my local Suzuki dealer and ordered up a complete set for $99.00. Am told they will be in this coming Friday. Cancel ride tomorrow and opt for going to grandson's 6th birthday party. Then I got to thinking, I better do a better check, so I went in the garage and pulled the calipers off and lo and behold! they're nowhere near needing to be replaced. Called Suzuki shop and cancelled order. Duh. Moral of the story is, when you check, make it a thorough one. Could save money and heartburn. Duh!! Happy I don't have to spend that $99.00 needlessly.

'09 DL650
strompilot is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 09:11 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southwest Virginia - West of I-77
Posts: 1,701
My Wee's at 25K miles now. Original pads all around. We have Virginia State Inspection which can or cannot be meaningful (especially for bikes). Regardless, I've generally trusted the inspector (doesn't sound so smart now that I write it) and have a general belief that worn-out pads will somehow let me know in time to prevent rotor damage - or me damage.

I wonder what the typical mileage is for real need of change of pads. Front and rear...

2007 Wee. Blue. Bought at 5K miles. Sold at 32K+ miles. Gone but not forgotten.

2012 Wee2 Adventure. Black. Bought at 26K miles. Now 46K+. Love it!
HokiesRWee is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 09:34 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Scott E. Bonds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
Posts: 2,361
Depends on riding style. I ride away from traffic so my braking is minimal and for scrubbing off speed. I use both my rear and front brakes. I got 50,000 miles on rear pads and around 70,000 on fronts. At 100,000 my disc thickness was still above minimum spec. The strom is blessed with durable brakes.

________________________________
2007 Blue SuperVee 1000
2013 Grey Super Te'ne're' 1200
2002 White HD Road King Police (divorced)
2000 Red Honda XR 400r
2003 Green Honda Rincon 650 ATV

If it is not broken, it can still be fixed
Scott E. Bonds is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 09:44 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southwest Virginia - West of I-77
Posts: 1,701
Thanks Scott. Was just wondering...

2007 Wee. Blue. Bought at 5K miles. Sold at 32K+ miles. Gone but not forgotten.

2012 Wee2 Adventure. Black. Bought at 26K miles. Now 46K+. Love it!
HokiesRWee is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 11:36 AM
$tromtrooper
 
VSrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia Beach, Va. USA
Posts: 1,914
Va. state inspection caught my rear pads being thin back in June at 22,000 miles. Replaced them with EBC sintered. I guess it's the old man in me that uses the rear brake a lot.
VSrider is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 11:43 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
There is no warning on minimum pad thickness, unlike most cars that have electronic or squeal steel monitoring. Get a mirror and a flashlight.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
strompilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Posts: 2,424
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
There is no warning on minimum pad thickness, unlike most cars that have electronic or squeal steel monitoring. Get a mirror and a flashlight.
Pretty much that was how I first checked out the pads' thickness, but for some reason I decided that a better inspection would be to just remove the calipers from the rotors. I was happy with what I saw. It was simple and easy, and only took a few minutes longer than the flashlight inspection. I didn't use a mirror, however.

'09 DL650
strompilot is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 03:37 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Austin Texas area
Posts: 117
You could also save money by spending $19-$40 on brake pads instead of $99. Several high quality components are available from many different suppliers.
Moe Trsyklist is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 08-31-2014, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
strompilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Posts: 2,424
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moe Trsyklist View Post
You could also save money by spending $19-$40 on brake pads instead of $99. Several high quality components are available from many different suppliers.
That the price from the Suzuki dealer for the Suzuki OEM parts, and the $99 was for all 4 brake pads. I think EBC's and Galfers are cheaper, though.

'09 DL650
strompilot is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 09-08-2014, 09:57 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southwest Virginia - West of I-77
Posts: 1,701
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
There is no warning on minimum pad thickness, unlike most cars that have electronic or squeal steel monitoring. Get a mirror and a flashlight.
When changing tires I've always just had the tire change in mind, but it seems this might be a good time to get a good look at the brake pads. Is this true? Guess I've always just assumed the pads are mostly "embedded" in the caliper (difficult to determine how much pad is left under any circumstances...). I've never even glanced at them when doing a tire change but I have one coming up soon (rear) and I think I'll take a good look then.

2007 Wee. Blue. Bought at 5K miles. Sold at 32K+ miles. Gone but not forgotten.

2012 Wee2 Adventure. Black. Bought at 26K miles. Now 46K+. Love it!
HokiesRWee is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome