My rear brake is about 5% effective - actually, more like 0%, as I cannot stop the bike, even under 10mph.
A little history:
2006 950 Adventure
OEM pads/rotor, 24k miles (all road).
Pads 6mm thick.
Had a light oil contamination last week (don't ask. . . ).
Pulled, cleaned and sanded pads and sanded rotor today. Nada.
Fluid changed summer 2010. Free play is good.
The pads seem to be a darker (gray) as opposed to the 'bronze' color of fresh pads.
My use of the rear brake is an afterthought, growing up on dirt bikes. But, at times, every little bit counts.
I've noticed the brake being weak before the oil contamination. I always assumed the brake was designed 'weak' for off-road use. But, what do I know. . . ?
Any help would be appreciated. Thx -