What you did to your Tenere today??!!

Squibb

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Hello,

I have a '16 ES with 14,100 miles... the rear rotor was scored pretty bad - rear pads were still in spec., but close to needing replacement...the fronts were less than 50% worn... I ride mostly on long trips, packed with camping gear- probably 80 lbs. + my 175 lbs... I have heard that longer distances with extra weight can cause greater rear pad wear... although I don't get why the rotor was scored. I had the rotor replaced and EBC sintered pads installed all around... the dealer did not have any ideas as to why the scoring, except the suggestion that I may have been riding the rear brake lever (not true...). I wonder if the culprit may be the original Yamaha OEM pads?

Thanks for any feedback,

--John
Was the pad wear even between the two I wonder? - if not, it sounds like the caliper hasn't been sliding freely on the pins. The piston then addresses the pad to disc one side & could allow dirt ingress resulting in scoring the other. BTW, nothing wrong with OEM pads but do remember the brakes are linked effectively - see the unified braking system, page 3-27 of my ES manual - so pulling on the front lever applies a little rear brake.
 

jb

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Hello Again,

Pad wear comparison indicates they were pretty close to the same... I believe the front edge of both were more worn than the back... don't know if that indicates misalignment...by whatever cause, apart from defective pads, there must have been abrasives (dirt, gravel?) that ingressed...mystery though, I do not ride much off tarmac, although I do ride in the rain and in dirty tarmac conditions...

Thanks Again... we will see how they wear with the new pads,

--John
 

EricV

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Hello Again,

Pad wear comparison indicates they were pretty close to the same... I believe the front edge of both were more worn than the back... don't know if that indicates misalignment...by whatever cause, apart from defective pads, there must have been abrasives (dirt, gravel?) that ingressed...mystery though, I do not ride much off tarmac, although I do ride in the rain and in dirty tarmac conditions...

Thanks Again... we will see how they wear with the new pads,

--John
Portland doesn't salt the roads, but does use de-icer which is somewhat nasty. ( lived in Portland from '63-'11) The rotor scoring can occur with any debris that gets trapped on the pads. Riding in the rain means a slurry of grit and water and the rear pads perhaps get the worst of that being flung around by the rear tire/wheel. The fronts are more exposed and not getting as much coming off the bike, IMHO. Don't worry about it too much, sometimes it just happens. Be aware that while load does play a part in how the unified braking applies the rear Vs front, long trips don't really impact it as much as your braking style. If you tend to brake into corners instead of using the throttle to adjust your speed prior to the corner, you will experience more brake pad wear. And if your habit is just light braking into corners, that's really going to impact rear pad life due to the linked braking system.
 

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Adjusted the exhaust valve clearances, new spark plugs, new air filter, new steering head bearings.
A little shakedown ride tomorrow then sync the throttle bodies and should be good for another 42k.
1st time checking valves? And how were they for spec?
 

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1st time checking valves? And how were they for spec?
This is the 4th time, first 2 checks were all in spec, then at 100k two exhaust valves were tight, this time one exhaust valve was tight but I reset them all to .28mm (the max). Intake valves are all still in spec with factory original shims, bike has 145k kms now.
 
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holligl

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This is the 4th time, first 2 checks were all in spec, then at 100k two exhaust valves were tight, this time one exhaust valve was tight but I reset them all to .28mm (the max). Intake valves are all still in spec with factory original shims, bike has 145k now.
That's kms right? Don't forget we Yanks only talk mileage.

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Rolled it out first time after winter today, installed Pazzo levers and Helibars risers, did a short 20 minutes round. A bit too chilly for me though (+10 C), I like the temps to be at least +15 C.
 

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Adjusted the exhaust valve clearances, new spark plugs, new air filter, new steering head bearings.
A little shakedown ride tomorrow then sync the throttle bodies and should be good for another 42k.View attachment 65287
I need to check the valves on my bike too. How easy or difficult was it to do the valves adjustment? How long did it take from start to finish?
 

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I need to check the valves on my bike too. How easy or difficult was it to do the valves adjustment? How long did it take from start to finish?
There are dedicated threads on here about the procedure with lots of detail. There is nothing I'd call difficult, but just getting the valve cover off and back on with the seal in place can be frustrating and time consuming. Checking the clearance is easy and quick, changing a shim or two takes time and some expertise to ensure the clearance and timing is correct, and the tensioner takes time to retract and lock.
I did other work as well so no time recorded, I think I could do the check in 4 hours and add 2 hours if shims need to be changed.
I am willing to do yours if you want, 130 kms from you. PM me if interested.
 

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With all that is going on with our family I took the bike to a local dealer for the valves at 33,000 miles (yes late), then they got shut down for COVID19. My bike got stuck. Luckily, the head wrench went in and did my bike so I picked it up today. Three of the four exhausts needed adjustment. Including time for R&R the Altrider skid plate and slightly bent crash bars, it was almost 9 hours of labor but they charged for 6.
 

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They outlawed riding here for the next few months (years probably) unless necessity like getting groceries. My summer is done, so for the first time put the super tenere under a cover and put all my riding equipment away. Looks like the end of riding around here at least for this summer. Only people working or doing anything in Denver are 1,000,000 illegal mexicans building 10,000 new apartment buildings. Virus restrictions do not apply or effect them.
 

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With all that is going on with our family I took the bike to a local dealer for the valves at 33,000 miles (yes late), then they got shut down for COVID19. My bike got stuck. Luckily, the head wrench went in and did my bike so I picked it up today. Three of the four exhausts needed adjustment. Including time for R&R the Altrider skid plate and slightly bent crash bars, it was almost 9 hours of labor but they charged for 6.
Were you experiencing anything they made you think to do this or just because of mileage?
 
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