Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Well, Gld, The Netherlands
Brakes rusted on K12RS
Yesterday I wanted to take my K12RS for a ride. It has been freezing over here in Holland for weeks (at night), and a lot of road salt was on the roads the last time I rode the big K. After that ride, some 4 weeks ago, I washed the machine and put in the garage. I ride all year round, but I have a special 'salt bike' for riding in winter. As the roads seemed to be clear I took out the big K and took off. It seemed to be a little difficult at first, because it seemed to brake of its own between gear changes. After only a mile or so I halted and started an inspection. The front brakes were very hot and seemed almost to block the machine. After some time they cooled off and I was able to ride home in several short steps. I consulted my brother who knows more about the technical stuff than I do and he said this happens often, it is a result of collecting rust and other waste material between the brake pads and the brake claw (is that English?).
I would like to know if others have indeed had this problem and what they did to get rid of the problem. Not washing seems to be a good idea, but after a ride in the salt you have to clean the machine or it gets eaten.
It is a 2003 blue/white K1200RS, with the electric power brakes.
Frits van Straten.
If you can laugh at your own stupidities, you have fun all year round!
BMW K1 '91 for sports, BMW K1200RS '03 for touring, Honda CB750K '80 for winter.