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Is this sound normal?

Noticed today that rear wheel makes a "binding" sound when rolled backward (engine off). Silent when rolled forward. Brakes are original, 2009 VStar 1300. I think it's prob time to replace pads and brake line due to age but what could be making this sound? There's no unusual resistance when I roll backward.
 

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Logic says to look at the brake pads first. If they are worn, they could cause what you have described. Don't neglect to change them when needed or they could score the rotor.

2009 with original pads? It's time. :)

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Brake pads do not wear evenly

I agree that it's most likely the brake pads. The pads are hung on a bracket with a spring plate holding them in place. The nature of the contact between the pad and the rotor causes a very slight leading edge wear that the trailing edge of the pad does not get. My 2006 has 21,000 miles. I just changed my rear brake pads and found that to be true when looking at the pad wear.

I thought about cheap pads, but, when I consider who's life these brakes brakes save I bought EBC from Amazon.com. Wow, they are even better than Yamahas original pads.
 

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I noticed not really making a noise now. Still going to replace pads and brake line. Maybe too many IPAs that night I initially heard the noise.
 

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You are right. The noise will come and go because the pad is not truely face to face with the rotor since it is worn. That means its contact with the rotor, when the caliper piston is not pressing on it, will be slightly less or more. I am suspecting the piston may be a bit dirty and is sticking a little causing residual pressure to be applied sometimes and other times not.

Yes, It is time to change the pads and use hot water and a little soap with a tooth brush to throughly clean the parts involved. Do not lubricate the piston just clean it then with both hands slowly push it back into the caliper, swap out the pads and reinstall the caliper. there are some very helpful videos on youtube, the best I found is www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVO-a8K4Gus by EBC Brake pads.

After I installed my new pads I still hear the pads when stopping. I think it is because I am listening for that noise. I installed EBC and feel they work better than the original equipment by Yamaha. By the way the best price I found was on Amazon.com

Best wishes, ride safe
 
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