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Warped front rotor??

One or both of mine definately are. Not even 2500 miles on the bike and when I use the front brake to slow down to a stop, like at a traffic light, it grabs-releases-grabs-releases with steady hand pressure on the brake lever.

Anyone else experience this before?

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It's fairly common on the Versys, although mine is still fine at 6000 miles. Cleaning and lubing the bobbins may help for a while...

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=2686

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=5091

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Is yours still on warranty?

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11,200 miles on mine....no warp-age and pads still have plenty of meat on them.
Do you use engine braking when coming to a stop?
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As invader says clean and lube your bobbins. Mine was acting just as you describe and I just knew I had warped my rotors from some hot stops but some wd-40 and an old tooth brush to clean them and some lube and they were cured. Invader is owed a lot of beer from many of us appreciative forum members!

Ooops, saw my old post about this and must say Red Herring gets credit as well for helping me solve my rotor dilema. No prob since and nearly 44k.

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i was cleaning my chain and could hear my rear rotor touching the pads slightly with each rotation...not really enough to slow it down, i could still spin the wheel easily by hand but i will give this fix a look over.

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i was cleaning my chain and could hear my rear rotor touching the pads slightly with each rotation...not really enough to slow it down, i could still spin the wheel easily by hand but i will give this fix a look over.
Rear brake rotor is solid mounted. Only the front semi-floating rotors are mounted on bobbins.

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Thanks guys. I'll try cleaning and lubing the boobins when I get a chance.

The warranty just expired seven days ago.

And I use the engine to brake most of the time, so I don't think I'm overheating the rotors.

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And I use the engine to brake most of the time, so I don't think I'm overheating the rotors.
Rotors are pretty easy to damage, by running into something, for example, or otherwise banging them against something. They're easily damaged during tire changes too, although you probably haven't changed your tires yet.
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I had the issue described by the OP and solved it (after trying bobbin clean/lube without success) by installing new EBC brake pads.


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Id check the rotor and wheel runout before I started fixing what may not be broke...
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Id check the rotor and wheel runout before I started fixing what may not be broke...
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Most people don't have access to that kinda of equipment and it's easy enough to hit the bobbins with penetrating lube and see what happens. Just make sure you hit your rotor with brake clean if you get any on it. Should that solve the problem personally I'd then take them apart and hit them with caliper grease but I'm anal about that kinda thing.

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