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post #1 of 5 Old 05-17-2009, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Questions about Brake Rotors

Info: 2005 DL650; 12K on the Odometer; we are the 3rd owners.
Problem: Rear rotor is grooved but not too badly. Remaining thickness of rotor looks fine but I will be borrowing a caliper tomorrow to check the thickness. I have a shop manual for reference.

1. Can bike rotors be turned? If so where do I call/look for this service.
2. Any one have online resources for new rotors? Finding any 3rd party rear rotors for any model V-Strom is like finding the "Golden Snitch" I have found only one site for 3rd party rotors for $106. OEM's I can get one for $140. Stealerships want $240 for rotor, $88 for pads and $70/hour labor and will not turn the rotor. :devil_26:

~~ I am also concidering just replacing the pads with organics and letting them settle in and/or smooth out the rotor that way. I'll keep swapping the pads every 500 miles or so to keep the ware evened out. What do you think?


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post #2 of 5 Old 05-25-2009, 03:12 PM
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I for one do not know the answers to any of your questions.
But I for one would be looking for the wave rotars if I was in the market, a lot better stopping power.
Maybe some of the others will chime in at the first of the week.
Good luck
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-25-2009, 03:35 PM
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Rotors are too thin to turn. As long as the groove is a perfect circle, and it probably is, the rotor will work fine. The pad will even wear into it. It could be from something getting stuck on an old pad. It's scratches that are not concentric that prematurely wear pads.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-25-2009, 04:02 PM
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In answer to your question yes with the proper equipment they can be turned but you only have about .010 to play with. Is it worth it NO get yourself a disc micrometer (pointed measuring tips) measure the deep grooves if they are below spec. replace the rotor. If they are still above spec install new pads and ride the bike.:new_confused2::new_confused2:
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-25-2009, 05:59 PM
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EBC makes replacement rotors. I installed one on my Wee this winter. With only 12K, I wouldnt think you should need a new rotor. I replaced mine at 135,000km.


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