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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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New 2012 ABS owner!

Hi Guys,

new owner here 2012 Versys 650 yellow with ABS. Fantastic bike!

This is my second bike after the Honda XL600V and i love it.

I have done about 200 miles now so bike still brand new i guess but
i have an issue with the rear wheel. When off the bike and moving the bike
forward/backwards there is irregular noise coming from the rear wheel.
Pressing the foot break will cause the sound to go away. The noise
can be felt on the rear bike handles. This also happens when on the bike
at slow speeds and it is still irregular.

I've read about warped rotors but this is a brand new bike!
If it was a case of the pads touching the disc shouldn't the noise be
continuous ? Does the rear disc have bobbins like the front ones ?

Any other possible explanations ?

I've been to kawasaki service and they lubed the calliper saying that it
wasn't moving together with the disc. The noise went away for a day and
then back again.

Thanks for any responses!
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Welcome, with a brand new bike i would take it back to the shop and tell them to sort it.
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Sure i'll take it back to the shop again but knowing a bit about the problem would help!
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Brake pad drag on the rear rotor (slightly untrue brake rotor, probably)... My V-strom did it since new, put 11,500 km on it with no probems...

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If my brake rotor has an issue is there a way to prove it ? Would it be
covered by warranty ?
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If my brake rotor has an issue is there a way to prove it ? Would it be
covered by warranty ?
Not sure what warranty rules you have there but here and would presume anywhere else in the world if its a new bike and you have a warped rotor, Kawasaki would have to pick up all labour and parts costs to have bike back to new condition.
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If you have a rear wheel stand, put the bike on it and spin the wheel and stare at a fixed point such as the brake pad and the rotor and observe if it goes in and out. It does take a good eye to spot the warp unless its real bad as the warp may only be 0.1mm, have you bent your rear wheel?

Caliper mounting bolts perhaps?

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Don't have one yet but i might get a stand eventually. Not sure what you mean by bent my wheel ?
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Not sure what you mean by bent my wheel ?
Rode through a large pot hole or over edge of a curb which may of damaged wheel which may or may not be related to your issues.
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Ahh i see, i dont think i have !
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Think it's fairly normal... i've had many bikes, including the V that do it.... you could probably take your caliper apart and fiddle with it, but just a little drag isn't going to hurt you

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I guess am gonna leave it like it is until 500miles and then ask them to look at it again. Give it some time to come together
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I guess am gonna leave it like it is until 500miles and then ask them to look at it again. Give it some time to come together

Give it more time to wear in and loosen up. Rotors and pads (if this is the problem) do not always make a perfect fit. But the pads should wear and become smooth on the rotors with riding.

If it gets worse though, then get it checked, otherwise, keep an ear on it.
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