Featured Speed Trip. Rs Rear Brake Pads: Lifespan & Replacements

Discussion in 'Speed Triple' started by OhCrumOn, Nov 11, 2019.

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  1. OhCrumOn

    OhCrumOn Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2019
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    Wanted to reach out to the RS, R, & S(?) owners & find out what kind of life span you're getting out of your rear brake pads? I ask as I went for a ride the other day, and felt a continuous shudder at low speeds when applying my rear brake. Didn't think much of it since as I was just riding my local back-roads pretty spiritedly and chalked it up to heat.

    Go for a ride yesterday...same shudder pulling out my driveway. I hop off and check the rear wheel and my outside pad is paper thin and the inside pad had begun to mar the rotor with dark spots. I only have 4k miles on the bike and thought to myself...this makes absolutely no sense! Then it hit me, the intrusive traction control may be to blame. I use my rear brake pretty heavily during normal riding but no harder than I've been using it on my R1 and I've got 10k miles on the current pads with plenty of life.

    I'm also finding it hard to find any pad other than OEM, kinda hoping to find maybe a more metallic or heavy duty sintered pad; thought is while probably noisier, may give me some more usable life. OEM pads were super noisy for the first 1200 miles anyway. Any suggestion for decent replacements?

    Dirty Bird in question:
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  2. RSReggie

    RSReggie Active Member

    Apr 9, 2019
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    NIce bike with the SC can ! My fronts wore out in 6500 miles . Rear seems OK so far. Surely the rear caliper / pads are not a special build unique for this bike !? Maybe check part numbers and see if they can be cross referenced. I was offered Brembo or EBC by triumh (IIRC) went for Brembo as I was pleasd with the powerr and feel of them . Try taking your foot off the brake lever occasionbally ;)..
     
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  3. SteveRS

    SteveRS Noble Member

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    Wow! You must really use that rear brake a lot :eek:. I’m trying to think the last time I’ve used it, nope can’t remember. Wouldn’t think it would be difficult to find pads, we might have to stick with the OEM’s then. She looks good with the lowboy by the way .
     
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  4. OhCrumOn

    OhCrumOn Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2019
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    haha, thanks.
    Yeah, I'm gonna call my local dealership after work and get their thoughts on it.
    I was hoping I could just same day ship some on Amazon & knock it out after work today but couldn't find any and the part-number EBC's site said should fit, someone stated didn't in one of the reviews.

    When i'm in traffic I almost exclusively use the rear brake.
     
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  5. SteveRS

    SteveRS Noble Member

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    [QUOTE“When i'm in traffic I almost exclusively use the rear brake.[/QUOTE]

    My rides are all highway to canyon rides. No slow speed in town riding where I could use the rear brake. To be honest, there has been a few times I’ve needed to slow down rapidly going into a corner, so the rear brake is then used.
    Let us know how you make out.
     
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  6. OhCrumOn

    OhCrumOn Well-Known Member

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    My rides are all highway to canyon rides. No slow speed in town riding where I could use the rear brake. To be honest, there has been a few times I’ve needed to slow down rapidly going into a corner, so the rear brake is then used.
    Let us know how you make out.[/QUOTE]

    I'll share some photos once I pull them out. I ride the bike pretty hard and TC stays flashing. I wish there was a way to leave the bike in rider mode or at least the ability to turn it off or down in the other modes.
     
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  7. SteveRS

    SteveRS Noble Member

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    I'll share some photos once I pull them out. I ride the bike pretty hard and TC stays flashing. I wish there was a way to leave the bike in rider mode or at least the ability to turn it off or down in the other modes.[/QUOTE]
    You certainly can turn traction control off.

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  8. SteveRS

    SteveRS Noble Member

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    [/QUOTE]” I ride the bike pretty hard and TC stays flashing. I wish there was a way to leave the bike in rider mode or at least the ability to turn it off or down in the other modes.[/QUOTE]

    I like to ride it pretty hard as well and found that turning it off was a little to hairy for me (aka my ability). I also found that riding aggressively at high rpm’s with TC in sport or track mode would allow wheelies while leaned over exiting a corner, again not what I wanted at speeds around 140 km’s per hour. So I found that with TC in road mode the front wheel stays on the ground while leaned over at high rpm’s, but will rise a little one up right and out of a corner. This is my go to set up when really giving her the beans. Otherwise TC in track mode is far less intrusive and more entertaining.
     
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  9. OhCrumOn

    OhCrumOn Well-Known Member

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    Right, but only in rider, which always cancels out when you turn the bike off. When conditions are nice, I usually ride in rider mode with everything off. Coming from a first gen FZ-09 and an R1, I'm no stranger to the wheel lifting unexpectedly. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the aids and if its cold or wet; but the bike feels so held back.
     
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  10. SteveRS

    SteveRS Noble Member

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    Yeah I wish the bike would stay in what ever mode you were last in as well. How would you compare the power and torque to the FZ 09 to the RS? My brother has a 2015 FZ 09, and I find the torque delivery to be much more instant and harsh compared to the linear delivery of the RS. Your thoughts.
     
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  11. OhCrumOn

    OhCrumOn Well-Known Member

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    Yup, exactly that. The FZ was light...like, super light. I 12 o'clocked it on the highway by just cracking the throttle in 3rd. You have to roll into the power everywhere. I had a 14' and the suspension was absolute trash; she'd squat hard and dive even harder under heavy breaking. Bike was like a pogo stick. I had a Yamaha 600R which was a fat ol sport tourer of a bike and the 14 year old suspension & brakes felt 10 x better than the FZ. Ultimately I blew through the suspension in a bend and put it into a guard rail. That bike was as terrifying as it was fun and some foolish childish part of me wants another
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  12. joe mc donald

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    Brembo pads are pretty good. Most of the race boys use them. Another great pad I found is ferodo but can't seem to find them these days. And you know this is the first year I have not changed my pads in any of the bikes as I usually change them just as matter of course. Nice bikes by the way.
    Regards
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  13. OhCrumOn

    OhCrumOn Well-Known Member

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    4600 miles and rear pads look like this. Noticed the brake fluid level was a bit high, but otherwise not sure why or how the 0ads ended up like this. I put oem pads back on so well see how these act

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  14. topbanana0

    topbanana0 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, quite bad for such low miles.
    Think my bike has double that mileage, (and I do use the rear brake) and the pads will need changing soon, but there's lots of meat on them.
    When you changed them, did the pistons move normally?
    Could have been a bit of binding?
     
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  15. Kaos

    Kaos New Member

    Aug 15, 2019
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    The bike I sold to buy my '19 Speed3 RS was a Ducati so I pretty much learned to ignore the rear brake pedal. The rear brake on a Ducati will almost keep you from rolling away if you're stopped on a perfectly flat surface and there isn't a breeze. Otherwise they're useless. So on my Speed Triple I just never use it, the rear wheel stays cleaner that way.
     
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  16. RSReggie

    RSReggie Active Member

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    Like SteveRS 's rear tyre ! Pretty bad state !
     
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