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Thread: Brake pad rub?

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    Brake pad rub?

    I have the bike on the lift today and when I spin the front tire there is a very slight rub of the pad on the rotor. It's not even enough to slow the wheel down noticably. Please advise. Thank you.

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    How many miles on that baby?
    Could be a slight warp of the ol' rotor. If so, shouldn't be a major problem right now, but, after a while it can cause the brakes to be less effective from the rubbing. I would just keep an eye on it and as soon as you notice any reduction in stopping power, get it changed.

    The other thing could be a tire slightly out of balance.
    Sometimes you need to ask yourself, "WWGD?"...Just be awesome, that's all!

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    Brake warp is more common on some bikes than others, I have found some Kawasakis to be prone to this, and believe me, you will notice it if it gets bad as when you apply the break the bike will "surge" as you slow down (due to the loss in breaking power at the worst point on the disc) as chicsterMG eludes to, and you can actually feel it through the break lever. I'd be really suprised if it got that bad on a crusier though (particularly with your low mileage) as bikes I have seen with it have been sports bikes where there is typically a lot more heat generated on the disc (as they hoon around and break hard at corners). Still, cruisers are heavier and if your doing a lot of stop-start city riding it may be enough to warp the disc somewhat. Iwish I had my old cast-iron discs from my duke....20 years old and they were just like new...use to rust when they got wet but it was only surface rust and they'd stop the bike on a 5 cent piece. On another break issue, I have found that on my new M50 as I go around a slow left-hander, the pads seem to slide across and rest very lightly on the disc, causing a very slight noise...nothing to worry about but just a bit annoying.
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