Does it seem harder and harder to bring your bike to a stop? Do you have a lot of miles on your bike? Is there a brake pad upgrade available for your motorcycle? All these are great questions that can be answered with a “Yes”, but there is much more to be considered. There is no shortage of replacement brake pad manufacturers who are offering everything from OEM style replacement brakes to high performance brakes and everything between. The terminology related to brakes nowadays can be confusing at best, so we will discuss them briefly and what they offer. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has a full line up of quality brake parts to fit your needs at a great price.
First you need to determine if your bike has brake pads or brake shoes. Brake pads will correspond with disc brakes, usually found on more current models of bikes, while brake shoes and drum brakes generally belong to older bikes. Next you need to ask yourself what you are looking for in a brake pad/shoe. Let’s jump right in and stop this confusing madness about what brake pads/shoes will work for you.
We will start by highlighting Semi-Metallic/Organic pads:
Semi-Metallic/Organic pads are a great overall choice and offer enhanced braking ability and won’t break the bank. just as the name implies, they are composed of metal and often organic materials designed to provide you with the best compromise of braking ability, longevity, and affordability.
- Great feel and modulation for OEM replacement
- Long lasting and very little rotor wear
- Good in wet and/or dry conditions
- Overall a very versatile compound for almost every need.
- Do not need time to “warm up” for optimal performance.
- Generally cost less than ceramic pads.
Another option available to today’s motorcyclist is Ceramic pads, the next step in Brake Pad Upgrades, an excellent choice for the more aggressive rider. With the increase ability does come an increased purchase price.
- For moderately aggressive, sport street riding, and off road
- Advanced ceramic composites ready to withstand higher temperatures than regular Semi-Metallic carbon brake pads
- HH friction rated compounds deliver excellent feel and modulation.
- Capable of handling almost any type of riding you throw at them
Kevlar Brake pads are the toughest of the mix, but as a result, may also command the most from your pocket book. Born of the same high tech material that bullet proof vests and race car bodies are of, this brake pad compound is preferred by hardcore riders. It’s ability to be a consistent performer that delivers excellent stopping every time the levers are pulled is what sets these pads apart from the others.
- Powerful, linear feel
- Great modulation and control
- Little rotor wear
- Excellent on dry conditions
- Overall a very predictable and fade-free compound
For the motorcyclist that spends most of the time on the track, a metallic carbon pad may be the way to go. Designed for high heat conditions associated with track style riding, the pads will give you top flight performance with little to no fade. Another advantage is reduced weight. Though it may not seem like much but talk to a racer and see what shaving mere ounces off will do.
- Carbon based composite for race use on stainless steel discs
- Requires some heat to operate
- Laser cut, double disc ground backing plates to assure perfect flatness
- Easy to modulate, very progressive
In addition to upgrading your brake pads, you might consider replacing your brake fluid too. Contaminants such as dirt and moisture will break down the fluid over time, and now is a good time to flush the lines and replace it if you are replacing your brake pads Whether your pads are worn out, you want increased performance, or have a track bike, there is a brake pad that will meet your demands at K and G Cycles ( www.kandgcycles.com ).