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    Not happy with my front brakes.

    2007 Factory Tuono. The brake rotors are true, the pads have lots of meat. Other than that, I haven't investigated, but the front brakes are generally "rough" and sometimes pulse. Not always. They work well, and don't make noise, yet just aren't as "pleasant" (smooth) to use as say, those on my ZX10R. Sometimes the pulsing is exactly like a slightly warped rotor, yet then goes away. Hot or cold; not like they heat up and then pulse. Thought I'd just buy some new pads as a start. Anybody have another suggestion?

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    Clean all the buttons the rotors float on.
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    And pull the pads and clean the calipers with Brakeclean

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    Go easy on the Brakleen. It's hard on the o-rings.
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    Pulsing can be due to brake pad build up on the disc's-rotors in patches, try scotch bright, i use 200 grit wet and dry paper on my Multistrada rotors, they pulse, and cleaning the rotors last for about 3000kms then it returns. also check so see if the buttons have free play for the rotor to expand and shrink under heat.
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    How long have you had the bike and when was the last brake flush? The 2 year brake flush schedule is a really critical service which if you unsure of should be brought up to date along with cleaning and applying silicone brake lube to all the gibs, pins and slides on the calipers and pads. Start with the easy things like cleaning, flushing and lubing things as appropriate and while your at it give the surface of the pads a close inspection for uneven wear, heat damage, etc. Resin from the pads can build up on the rotors so those may need cleaning too.

    Yes be very careful with the brake clean and the rubber parts.

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    I've had the bike a few years, and gotta be honest, haven't ever looked at the brakes, other than to check fluid colour and pad life. At a glance, everything looks good. It lives a pampered life in a warm dry garage and I only do a couple thousand km's a year on it... So yes, I will have a look at at the suggested items this weekend. I may start with new pads just because it's easy. Any suggestions?

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    And thanks everybody for the input.

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    Try a system flush w/fresh DOT4 fluid as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YVRFACTORY View Post
    I may start with new pads just because it's easy. Any suggestions?
    Yes, Vesrah.

    But don't bother installing them before you've performed all the cleaning that's been described. So maybe it won't be all that easy after all, sorry.

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    The brake fluid flush and cleaning are the more critical services, then once those are done you will have a good foundation to break in the new pads correctly. Even if the brake fluid in the reservoir looks good that does not mean that the brake fluid that's sitting inside the calipers and gets all the heat is in good condition.

    Brake fluid regardless of how good it looks needs to be flushed every two years. If you wait until it starts to look bad then its already started to do some damage.

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    I use this for verifying DOT4. $20 or so,quick and easy.

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    Learn something every day. Just ordered one. Thanks.

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    Can you post a link for this tester . Having problem finding it online . Just found it . Thanks
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    Mine did this. I replaced rotors, fluid and pads (pads where old and starting to crumble on the edges) I pulled the pistons out and cleaned them. My problems went away.

    I am not sure if it was a slightly untrue rotor or dirt in the buttons It was likely one of those two

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