The R1200GS LC chews up the rear brake pads faster than Cookie Monster gobbling up a jar of cookies. It’s been just over 10,000km and the rear brake pads have been almost completely ground down. Granted, I’ve taken the bike on some serious twisty roads and had a ton of fun. Now, it leaves me thinking if I should get some sintered replacements to last me a little longer before the next necessary replacement, or to stick to organic pads.
In the end, I opted for a set of ceramic (organic) pads for 3 reasons:
- They’re much cheaper than sintered pads.
- Organic pads are easier on the rotors than sintered pads. Since I could replace the pads in 15mins, I’d rather replace them often than rotors.
- I prefer the generally noiseless operations of organic pads over the occasional high pitch squeal associated with sintered pads.
While this was my very first attempt at DIY brake pad replacement on the R1200GS (in fact, this was my very first DIY brake pads replacement on any vehicle), the procedure was simple enough and took barely 15mins or so.
First, remove the rear splash guard (3 torx bolts, T30), then remove the 2 lock pins holding the pads locking rod, and then slide out the locking rod. The brake pads will fall out quite easily after a few jiggles. It may help by loosening the brake caliper from the swing arm (2 T40 torx bolts).
Installation was simple – just reverse the instructions above. The brake calipers need to be torqued to 24Nm and the 3 bolts holding the rear splash guard at 8Nm – with a dab of thread locker.
Viola! Good for another 10,000km!