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Growing up, we were always told that first impressions matter. First encounters with classmates, coworkers, and peers will have a major impact on the relationship that develops thereafter. You’ve likely heard this before too; But, did you know that the same applies to your motorcycle brake pads and rotors? Your first ride out on your new brake pads will have a major impact on your brake’s performance in the future. And if you aren’t careful, that impact will not be good. Luckily for you, we know a thing or two about bedding your brake pads. With our help, you’ll be able to begin a long and happy relationship with your brake pads and rotors.
Before we tell you how, we are going to tell you why. While your brake pads and rotor might look flat, they are not perfect. They are covered in tiny ridges and divots, and those ridges and divots need to be smoothed out for maximum performance. When brake pads and rotors first grind together, a small amount of the brake pad material sticks to the rotor. This material fills in the divots and gives you a perfect connection between your pads and rotors. Until this happens on your bike, your brakes will likely feel much weaker than you would expect. It is essential that the distribution of the brake pad material is nice and even to have the best possible braking experience. If spread unevenly, your brakes can feel like they are pulsing; sliding too easy on one section of the rotor and catching hard on another. This problem is easily avoided, as long as your brakes are properly broken in.
Now that you understand why this is important, we can tell you our not-so secret formula to brake pad bedding.
Earlier, we said that you should avoid coming to a complete stop while bedding your brakes, and avoid locking them up. This is because when you do either of these things, your brake pads are sticking to the same spot on your brake rotors! This can leave an impression on your rotor, not allowing the material to spread evenly. This could lead to the pulsing that we are working to avoid. We know that many of you won’t have a perfect road like the one that we described. If you are forced to come to a stop, just pop your bike in neutral so that you aren’t forced to hold your brakes down. That should help you avoid any impressions.
While this process will be about all you need to do for organic brake pads, sintered brake pads are not completely bedded until almost 200 miles in! This process is a great start for sintered pads, but we don’t recommend testing your brakes often until you are confident that they are well and truly broken in.
Now that you know how to break in your brake pads, and you know why you should, you are one step closer to the perfect brakes. If you have any questions, or any advice on the topic, leave it in the comments section below. Safe Riding!Check Out All Motorcycle Brakes
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