Whether you're new to two wheels or a long-time motorcycle veteran, it’s never too late to learn the basics of maintaining your motorcycle - especially during the winter months! Here you'll be able to find all-important motorcycle maintenance tips to help you keep your motorcycle in tip-top condition!
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Pictured: Worn brake pads that reached our workshop just in the nick of time
It’s an obvious answer really, worn out pads means reduced braking efficiency – that’s a huge gamble when it comes to your own (and other road users) safety. Safety aside, when your pads are completely worn out and you continue to ride, you’re grinding metal on metal every time you brake – this will destroy your discs and result in you forking out a small fortune for replacements!
Visually checking your pads takes just seconds and is something that can easily and regularly be done to save you some cash in the long run! Most brake pads have a wear indicator groove moulded or cut into the surface, so even those with zero mechanical know-how can tell. Grab a torch and look in to the calipers, once the pad is worn down so much that this groove disappears, or the pad itself is down to about 2mm – it’s time for new pads! It’s also worth mentioning that the legal minimum is 1mm.
Another tell-tale sign that your pads may be on their way out is the sound coming from your brakes. Listen and pay attention to any changes in sound. If something changes, check your brakes immediately – especially if you hear a scraping or grinding noise, this is a strong indicator of metal-to-metal contact and an obvious cause for concern.
If in doubt, contact our workshop team here at Laguna Motorcycles, they’ll be happy to advise.
Sources: (Tip #1) rideapart.com / motorcyclenews.com / gov.uk