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Rear Pads down after 6000 miles

Discussion in 'BNS12 Chat & Tech' started by Gazdok, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Gazdok

    Gazdok Tuned and Synch'ed

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    While my first set of rear pads has slowly been wearing down over 18000 miles the "GOLDFREN" set of rear pads is down to bear metal carrier after 6000 miles!!

    I did not pay a budget price when I got them and expected mileage something like the original ones.
    Is GOLDFREN a budget break pad supplier?

    What kind of rear pads have people on here used?
     
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    Raven High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Brembo. Can't go wrong.
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Never heard of them, but Google tells me “GOLDfren is a brand of brake and brake components manufactured in the Czech Republic.
    The GOLDfren warranty applies for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase or 3,000km / 1,865mi of highway use. Customers should also be aware of the fact that some compounds perform better and last longer than the others.”
    I’m not a fan of EBC for similar reasons, though I can get them as a dealer... This is what I sell and endorse; https://gtmotocycles.com/collection...ts+model_california-1400?sort_by=best-selling
     
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    M0T0Geezer Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Just maybe your rear caliper pistons are a bit corroded (from being exposed to the elements during the last 1/3 of life of the previous rear pads). That would tend to make them not fully retract, increasing wear on the new pads. Have you noticed a sudden drop in fuel mileage since putting in the new pads? Dragging rear brake could account for this.

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    As mentioned, a dragging brake caliper could be a problem.
    That can be an issue because of a physical problem with the brake caliper. Or it can be an issue with the adjustment of the rear brake lever.
    Or even they way you position your foot can apply a very small amount of pressure to the rear brake system.
    We rarely use our rear brakes, I can't remember the last time I replaced a set of rear brake pads. For us the rear brake is mainly a parking brake.

    As mentioned by others, if I was replacing the rear brake pads I would strongly consider a set of actual Brembo rear brake pads. The rear brakes is one place I am not looking for overly aggressive brake pads. But I know that some do prefer a more aggressive rear brake pad and for those I would look to EBC, Ferodo, or SBS. Galfer is another popular brand, but I haven't tried them. Keep in mind that a more aggressive pad means more wear, often both on the pad and the disk.
     
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    Gazdok Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I looked for Brembo pads but could only find ceramic ones and I am not sure whether that is the right replacement.

    I went for Ferodo in the end.

    When I fitted the new pads it did not take any effort to push the pistons back with the remnants of the old pads still in. I did not expose the pistons though. So I am hoping that it was the pads.

    The fuel consumption has been consistent. Still as bad as when the bike was new.
     

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