I hate squeaky brakes. So when I was repairing my broken swingarm, I had figured that maybe, for some reason, I didn’t have any meat on my brakes, so I had just bought new drum brakes to replace those that were squeaking without even checking. As you can see, there’s definitely enough brake pad left on there to let it be. I wasn’t worried about it.
So I figured I’d clean out the wheel, clean the dust off the brake, and then I’d be good. I don’t have much experience with drum brakes, unfortunately, but I didn’t think it would have been a big deal. I’ve only needed to replace these once, and they were incredibly degraded at that point, and metal was rubbing on metal.
Apparently when I had replaced it last time, it looked as though the previous owner only used the rear brake. That doesn’t make too much sense, though, because almost all of a motorcycle’s braking power is in the front brake.
When I put the brake back on and rode for a while, all was fine. But after about 400 miles it started to squeak again. The bike is in pieces at this point, so I can look at it again, but for now I’ll need to revisit my shop manual and take a look.