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Today my buddy with a brand new (less than 300 km) 2018 BMW R9T Pure had his rear brake lock up on him, just like the infamous Goldwing rear brake issue.
It started as a feeling of the bike being dragged by an anchor, and ended with so much heat off the rear rotor and caliper that his ABS sensor wire to the rear sensor ring actually melted.
He let the rear brake cool down and drove it to the dealer, about 10 minutes away.
It was still slightly dragging when he arrived.
They quickly examined the rear brake system, and found nothing visibly wrong.
He left the bike with them.
They investigated further, still found nothing wrong, chalked it up to "just a one-off", but contacted the mother ship (BMW Canada).
We assume that BMW was very interested in the cause of this safety related failure, so the distributor authorized complete replacement of the rear brake system (rear master cylinder, rotor, pads, and caliper).
Parts alone will be over $2k, plus labour.
Parts were ordered, but no promise was made regarding availability.
He hopes he gets this repair done in a timely fashion.
Now he's forced to ride his touring Harley that was still in winter layup mode.
 

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They investigated further, still found nothing wrong, chalked it up to "just a one-off", but contacted the mother ship (BMW Canada).
Wow ... "just a one-off" after the dealer had witnessed the dragging brake. It's a good thing BMW understands that a one-off mechanical failure turns into another.
 
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