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Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - Owner's Manual > Breaking-in New Brake Pads and Discs

Maintenance and Adjustment / Brakes / Breaking-in New Brake Pads and Discs


Brake pads must always be replaced as a wheel set. At the front, where two calipers are fitted on the same wheel, replace all the brake pads in both calipers.

Replacing individual pads will reduce braking efficiency and may cause an accident.

After replacement brake pads have been fitted, ride with extreme caution until the new pads have 'broken in'.

New brake discs and pads require a period of careful breaking-in that will optimise the performance and longevity of the discs and pads. The recommended distance for breakingin new pads and discs is 200 miles (300 km).

During this period, avoid extreme braking, ride with caution and allow for greater braking distances.

Brake Pad Wear Compensation


If the brake lever or pedal feels soft when it is applied, or if the lever/pedal travel becomes excessive, there may be air in the brake pipes and hoses or the brakes may be defective.

It is dangerous to operate the motorcycle under such conditions and your authorised Triumph dealer must rectify the fault before riding.

Riding with defective brakes may lead to loss of motorcycle control and an accident.

Disc and brake pad wear is automatically compensated for and has no effect on the brake lever or pedal action. There are no parts that require adjustment on the front and rear brakes.

Disc Brake Fluid


Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it will absorb moisture from the air.

Any absorbed moisture will greatly reduce the boiling point of the brake fluid causing a reduction in braking efficiency.

Because of this, always replace brake fluid in accordance with scheduled maintenance requirements.

Always use new brake fluid from a sealed container and never use fluid from an unsealed container or from one which has been previously opened.

Do not mix different brands or grades of brake fluid.

Check for fluid leakage around brake fittings, seals and joints and also check the brake hoses for splits, deterioration and damage.

Always rectify any faults before riding.

Failure to observe and act upon any of these items may cause a dangerous riding condition leading to loss of control and an accident.


If the ABS is not functioning, the brake system will continue to function as a non-ABS equipped brake system. In this situation, braking too hard will cause the wheels to lock resulting in loss of control and an accident.

Reduce speed and do not continue to ride for longer than is necessary with the indicator light illuminated. Contact an authorised Triumph dealer as soon as possible to have the fault checked and rectified.

Inspect the level of brake fluid in both reservoirs and change the brake fluid in accordance with scheduled maintenance requirements. Use only DOT 4 fluid as recommended in the Specification section. The brake fluid must also be changed if it becomes, or is suspected of having become contaminated with moisture or any other contaminants.


A special tool is required to bleed the ABS braking system. Contact your authorised Triumph dealer when the brake fluid needs renewing or the hydraulic system requires maintenance.

See also:

 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - Owner's Manual > Brakes

Brake pads Minimum thickness line Brake pads must be inspected in accordance with scheduled maintenance requirements and replaced if worn to, or beyond the minimum service thickness.

 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - Owner's Manual > Front Brake Fluid Level Inspection and Adjustment

Warning If there has been an appreciable drop in the level of the fluid in either fluid reservoir, consult your authorised Triumph dealer for advice before riding.

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