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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => BMW 1200 LC => Topic started by: plaky on May 13, 2016, 02:50:51 pm

Title: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: plaky on May 13, 2016, 02:50:51 pm
My bike went in today for an annual service at 15 000km. I got a call to say that the back and front break pads need replacing. The cost is horrific, front pads R2573.96(2 sets) and the back R1319.00. Total R3893.93. This is crazy! I also question why do I need to replace both front and back after only 15 000km! My last GS non LC , the front lasted 25000km and back 30000km! I am going to price pads at Trac Mac. My bike is out of its 2 year warranty in a few months so not worried re any of the warranties. I do daily commuting of 50km to work and back in peak hour traffic on the N1. If anything they should last longer as there is minimal braking at high speeds. 95% of my bike riding is in peak hour traffic. What distances have you guys that have done break pad changes got? Maybe my disks are eating my pads for some reason. Let me know.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on May 13, 2016, 02:58:41 pm
Anybody who allows the dealer to change brake pads on his bike should have his head examined.

Front and rear together should cost you no more than R1800 if you buy proper pads.

Also , chances are that if you check you will see that the pads have lots of life left and dealer was taking a chance.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Frannarossi on May 13, 2016, 03:05:40 pm
My rear pads was gone when I had the bike serviced on 7 000 kms!!!!!LC seems to chow brake pads.If the bike is out of its 2 year warranty,get aftermarket pads.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: 1190 on May 13, 2016, 03:25:27 pm
I think the first year model LC had problems with pads, my one 2014 had 15k on when I sold it and the pads were fine...You probably know this but the LC applies back/front breaks at the same time when you pull front breaks......never found out if it was the pads or disks or what the problem was on the 2013 models but they seemed to have fixed it on the newer models....
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: TheBear on May 13, 2016, 03:32:47 pm
I think the first year model LC had problems with pads, my one 2014 had 15k on when I sold it and the pads were fine...You probably know this but the LC applies back/front breaks at the same time when you pull front breaks......never found out if it was the pads or disks or what the problem was on the 2013 models but they seemed to have fixed it on the newer models....

All 1200GS models have linked braking, including the pre-LC models.  I never got more than 15000km on a set of rears on my 09 and the first set on my 14 lasted just about that.  My current set is now at 17 000 and going strong.  I think a big issue was pads replaced way to soon.  On my bike the dealer wanted to replace at 10 000km.  I declined and replaced at 15000.  It could have gone another 1000 or so.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: plaky on May 16, 2016, 03:38:43 pm
Thanx for the feedback so far. Got a quote from Trac Mac in Bellville for R1200 for the three sets which includes fitting! Going to get them fitted tomorrow and will keep the BMW ones for when I sell the bike!
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: T Rex on May 17, 2016, 06:11:08 pm
Plaky , I fitted new tyres on my 2105 LC GSA today .  15200 km . Asked the technician at BMW what the wear on the brake pads are.

His response .... 50%.

I know that a few guys on the earlier models complain about the wear , especially on the rears.


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Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Manic on May 17, 2016, 08:00:45 pm
My rear pads was gone when I had the bike serviced on 7 000 kms!!!!!LC seems to chow brake pads.If the bike is out of its 2 year warranty,get aftermarket pads.

Fitting aftermarket brake pads even on a 3mnth old bike cant void your warranty  :deal:  :deal:
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Mayhem on May 17, 2016, 08:24:00 pm
Anybody who allows the dealer to change brake pads on his bike should have his head examined.

Front and rear together should cost you no more than R1800 if you buy proper pads.

Also , chances are that if you check you will see that the pads have lots of life left and dealer was taking a chance.

Was at Donfords on Monday and saw a guy pay 35k because he tried to change his own break pads.
Sometimes it's cheaper to have it done by the agents.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Kameel on May 17, 2016, 08:30:34 pm
Thanx for the feedback so far. Got a quote from Trac Mac in Bellville for R1200 for the three sets which includes fitting! Going to get them fitted tomorrow and will keep the BMW ones for when I sell the bike!

TracMac will even fit it for you...did mine a couple of months ago. Paid R1350 in total for both front and back. :thumleft:
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: BLK on May 17, 2016, 09:00:38 pm
My rear set on my 2015 lc adv lasted 10 000k's.Took 5 mins to replace.The easiest pads I have ever replaced.The pads cost around R1100 bucs.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: plaky on May 19, 2016, 08:53:45 am
Got my pads from Trac Mac for just over R1200. I will get them fitted for free there next week. I am in most cases technically challenged when it comes to bikes and computers, I guess its my age and leave it to the professionals to do. As I commute 90% of the time and brake at low speeds I would expect my brakes to last longer even more so the back set. I very, very seldom use back brakes as I know when you use front brakes its a 70/30 split as I understand it. My last old non LC GS same riding style  I got 30k on the front and back. Brake pad usage seems to be a constant problem with these bikes. On the front one should get minimum 25k km before replacing. My wife's year old BMW 220d Active touring replaced brakes pads the first time a month ago and was cheaper than the bikes pads. You cant tell me that it is that much more to produce motorbike brake pads! Pet hate for me!
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: TheBear on May 19, 2016, 08:57:55 am
You cant tell me that it is that much more to produce motorbike brake pads! Pet hate for me!

We are in a capitalist world Plaky.  The cost of production have absolutely no relation to the selling price.  None.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: plaky on May 19, 2016, 10:46:47 am
You cant tell me that it is that much more to produce motorbike brake pads! Pet hate for me!

We are in a capitalist world Plaky.  The cost of production have absolutely no relation to the selling price.  None.

True but still pisses me off!
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Parkinoff on May 19, 2016, 11:01:02 am
It also does not mean that the pads are finished completely, but it means that the pads may not make it to the next service?

Don't know how anyone can stuff up replacing brake pads. If you're uncertain surely you can stand by while someone else is doing theirs to learn?

R35k damage!? Calipers must have been damaged as well together with the discs?
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: TheBear on May 19, 2016, 12:55:34 pm
Was at Donfords on Monday and saw a guy pay 35k because he tried to change his own BRAKE pads.
Sometimes it's cheaper to have it done by the agents.

Sjoe!

I wonder what he got wrong?  Did he use dynamite?


You cant tell me that it is that much more to produce motorbike brake pads! Pet hate for me!

We are in a capitalist world Plaky.  The cost of production have absolutely no relation to the selling price.  None.

True but still pisses me off!

Yeah.  Still better to be pissed off than pissed on, though.   :ricky:
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Mayhem on May 25, 2016, 04:56:19 pm
Caliper was not tightened properly, it came off and destroyed final drive housing and the wheel. :o
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: TheBear on May 25, 2016, 05:25:22 pm
Caliper was not tightened properly, it came off and destroyed final drive housing and the wheel. :o

I wonder why he loosened the caliper?  There is no reason to.  In fact, the rear brake pads on an LC can be changed without the use of any tools. 
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: T Rex on May 25, 2016, 07:20:16 pm
Caliper was not tightened properly, it came off and destroyed final drive housing and the wheel. :o

I wonder why he loosened the caliper?  There is no reason to.  In fact, the rear brake pads on an LC can be changed without the use of any tools. 

Agree 100
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Draadwerk on May 25, 2016, 07:38:37 pm
30 000 diens Maandag laat doen. Voorste pads nog nooit vervang nie en hulle se ek kan nog heelwat ry.

Agterste pads het ek al 3 keer vervang. R420 by bikezone en vat 2 minute 24,5 sekondes om te vervang myself. En ek is tegnies gestremd ook
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: plaky on May 26, 2016, 02:52:28 pm
30 000 diens Maandag laat doen. Voorste pads nog nooit vervang nie en hulle se ek kan nog heelwat ry.

Agterste pads het ek al 3 keer vervang. R420 by bikezone en vat 2 minute 24,5 sekondes om te vervang myself. En ek is tegnies gestremd ook


What year LC is yours and what type of riding do you do, pleasure or commuting?
Title: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Draadwerk on May 26, 2016, 03:17:53 pm
2014. Pleasure only. Lots of gravel as well. Think that has lots to do with back brakes needing more attention more often
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: DirtRebell on May 05, 2018, 11:03:30 am
Where to get reasonably priced pads in ct? E

Agents are crazy as usual.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: gee on May 06, 2018, 09:25:00 am
im sitting on 26000 still original gsa 2017 mostly touring and weekends. I took my bike on around 9000 to clearwater to check something and they told me i must replace my pads. I told them that they looked ok to me and never changed them read what you will into that
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: TheBear on May 10, 2018, 06:59:38 pm
30 000 diens Maandag laat doen. Voorste pads nog nooit vervang nie en hulle se ek kan nog heelwat ry.

Agterste pads het ek al 3 keer vervang. R420 by bikezone en vat 2 minute 24,5 sekondes om te vervang myself. En ek is tegnies gestremd ook

Hel, maar jy is stadig!  Of?  Het jy dalk 'n bier breek gevat op 1 minuut 12,25 sekondes?   :laughing4:
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: silvrav on May 17, 2018, 09:53:22 am
same happened now at my 20,000km service...sir we need to replace your back pads...R1,200 labour and parts...told them to get screwed.

Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: Generaal Gert on May 17, 2018, 11:52:11 am
Took my bike in for a shaft check and was told that my rear pads are metal on metal... told them to leave it.

Checked and I can probably do another 1000 - 2000km with them...  >:(
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: BlingKing on May 18, 2018, 08:58:55 am
Hey Guys for those in GP I can supply SBS Sintered brake pads for the R1200GSA LC  and of course all model bikes!
SBS are top quality and I have had them on my LC for ages and they get used hard including a track day at Phakisa recently where I was doing 2:04's around the track with no fade whatsoever.
R799/set front (that's actually 4 pads in total)
R 479.00 rear
The fitting charge is minimal if you need them installed at our workshop in Rivonia.
Even if your bike is still in Warranty fit the generic - no one will know.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: TheBear on May 22, 2018, 02:50:33 pm
same happened now at my 20,000km service...sir we need to replace your back pads...R3,200 labour and parts...told them to get screwed.

Are you sure this quote was for the rear only? 
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: DirtRebell on May 22, 2018, 04:08:37 pm
Got my 3 sets of Goldfren pads today. Fitted fronts already, 10 minute jobby.
Title: Re: BMW LC break pads replacement
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2018, 06:37:13 pm
same happened now at my 20,000km service...sir we need to replace your back pads...R3,200 labour and parts...told them to get screwed.

Are you sure this quote was for the rear only?

 :laughing4: apologies, finger error... R1,200