Motorcycle Braking – How to check your brake pads

This article about motorcycle braking advice is going to be about your brake pads. Now, the reason I say that is because you want to be checking your brake pads regularly. If your brake pads are too thin, well, what happens is they can’t absorb and dissipate heat as well as they should be.

Mind the heat

And you gotta remember that heat is public enemy number one when it comes to your brakes, so the hotter they’re getting, the less they’re going to perform. Now, your owner’s manual is going to give you recommendations it’s going to give you specs on when you should be replacing your brake pads. So you’re going to want to have a set of calipers to measure your brake pads, so check your owner’s manual. And if they’re out of spec, if they’re too thin, you definitely want to get new brake pads on there.

Another thing to keep in mind is if you’re going to be going for, say, a long ride, or maybe you know wet, sandy or muddy conditions, if your brake pads are near that limit, I just recommend putting new ones on there, just not taking that risk whatsoever.

OEM brake pads

Now we carry a lot of different brake pads. We have OEM brake pads we got via professional motorcycle importers. We also have a lot of brake pads from top manufacturers, but one thing you want to keep in mind too is that not all brake pads are made from the same material, and if you’re not sure what material would be best for you and your style of riding, well, watch the video we have where I talk about all the different materials and the advantages that they all have over each other. So make sure you watch. That that will steer you in the right direction.

Final steps

 Now, lastly with your brake pads, one thing you want too is keep in mind too is when you are

putting new brake pads on, these are going to be totally flat. Now, if your rotors a little bit older, rotors are going to wear too, so you’re not going to have a perfect contact with your brand new brake pads on the rotor. So just know it may take a little bit for those brake pads to wear in and they get that nice contact patch that you’re looking for.

And lastly, when I’m taking my calipers off in the front and the rear and I’m swapping out my pads, I like to take them apart. Just check at the pin; you just want to make sure that everything is sliding well. And again, that’s going to keep your brakes working at peak performance. So that’s my first tip: checking and doing maintenance on your brake pads.

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