I have an 08 V Star 1300 XVS Tourer I bought it in 2010 with 808km on it so it...

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I have an 08 V-Star 1300 XVS Tourer. I bought it in 2010 with 808km on it,so it was practically new. It has only 29000 km now. Last year my front brakes started to make the front end bounce when they were applied. Still doing it this year. I know it's because my rotors warped. Was just wondering how common a problem this is with the front twin brake set up on the 1300's and bigger. Seems to me my rotors should have lasted longer than that before the started warping. Is there a better aftermarket rotor?

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  • I have a 2006 Stratoliner it has 21000 miles on it and the rotors are fine still. Perhaps it is just a fluke.

  • 11 V-Star 1300T...19800miles.....only replaced rear pads. I have new pads for the front but the old ones are still good for now and no issue with rotors. I tend to use my rear brakes quite a bit.

    Haven't heard of any issues with warped rotors but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

  • I had a similar issue on my 03 Roadstar, I was certain thee rotor was warped, but when I removed the calipers it turned out that on of the brake pistons was stuck. A caliper rebuild kit is much cheaper than a rotor so, be sure that is the problem.

  • George Henderson, great point on the caliper piston being stuck. When I replaced the pads on the rear I noticed the piston was basically stuck in the out position due to the worn pads. I actually purchased and replaced the piston and dust seals this morning. The rear brake feels so much better now.

  • It never occured to me to think it could be a piston stuck! Thanks guys! I'll definitly take a look. It only takes a minute to pull the front ones off. I might even be able to tell without taking it off!

  • change the rotor or deal with it otherwise, and don't try to wrap your head around it. it is your main source of stopping power. IMHO, you shouldn't even ride with a problem like that.