Suzuki M50 Marauder

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mrbreeze, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Don't Victorys use cam chains?

    I thought they would run 200,000 miles?
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  2. mrbreeze

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    How could a rear disc be more costly and complicated than a drum? I would think the drum would be more costly and complicated (just my guess). You have to keep a drum adjusted properly. Not so with a disc. You want to change brakes shoes, you have to remove the rear wheel. Not so with changing pads. I remember drum brakes, and brake pedals that varied in travel depending on the adjustment of the brake. I don't know how you could not tell a disc from a drum.
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  3. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    Rear disks are more costly. Price out the rotors, they usually cost as much as a wheel. Plus you got brake lines with brake fluid for rear disks-more added cost in developement and maintaining. You cant adjust the feel of the rear disk, while with drum brakes, if you like a tight brake pedal or a loose brake pedal, a turn of the screw on the drum and you have it adjusted to your liking. As I have stated, I have 58,000 miles on my C50 and I have adjusted the rear brake 2 times (and both after tire installations and the techs adjusted them to a setting I didnt like). I have the original drum shoes, and I looked at the adjustor this evening and I have over 60% of the original settings for the shoes (i am on my 3rd set of front disk pads).
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  4. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    well, it's been a long time since I had a bike with a drum rear brake, but I am certain I never got anything like 58,000 miles out of a set of shoes. You must rarely use your rear brake. I use mine a lot.

    I also remember having to swap out all three discs on my old Concours. I went with aftermarket rotors to save a few dollars, but if memory serves me correctly I spent less than $400 for all three. I had to replace the front wheel on my DL1000, and it was almost $800.

    I checked bikebandit.com, and their price for an oem rear wheel for the M50 is $931. The rear disc (OEM) for a DL1000 is $227. I also noticed they want $53 for a set of shoes. Not cheap. Maybe they make them a lot better now than they did back when I used them.

    I will stick with the disc.
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  5. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    naw, I am just easy on brakes, I am off the throttle early, I do a lot of engine braking. On the C50, unless i have to do emergency braking, I dont apply the brakes at stops until the last 5-10 feet. I was taught to downshift and use the engine to slow down (back in the 70s) and it does save on brakes.
    I am easy on brakes on my cars also; got 170,000 miles on my jeep and only had to change discs and shoes once on this jeep. My prior jeep, which I sold at 165,000 miles, never had to change the discs or shoes.
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