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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2019, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Always check your drum brakes or this could happen

I was just servicing my final drive for the first time on my new Vulcan. Someone in the past did recently lube them up, but I noticed that the wheel bearings feel crunchy and worse yet... when I opened the drum, the brake pad fell out... just glad I caught that before my rear wheel locked up on the road. Old or original pads will do this. Make sure you check em on every new bike.
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I had my F150 throw a brake shoe at 60 mph. The truck shook so violently that I thought a tire blew out or the differential self-destructed.
I couldn't imagine what that'd do to my bike!

That being said, my rear brake is about 2/3 worn. I'm planning to replace the shoes at the end of the '19 riding season.

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I had the lining come off the shoe on my 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet after only a little over 3000 miles. OTOH, I put 108,000 miles on my 2003 Vulcan 750 and only replaced the rear shoes once. I replaced the front pads quite a few times. I have always lubed the splines on the Vulcan every 10,000-12,000 miles, and while I have it apart I check everything.

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I take it that Royal Enfield has inferior engineer's compared to Kawasaki

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