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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-03-2008, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Life of the brake pads

I was wondering what the typical life span of the brake pads are. I mean they are soooooooooo tiny compared to cars, and i think my fronts are starting to squeek.

Should i blast some brake cleaner on? or should i look into replacing them. I know that the fronts will get more worn out than the rears. I have 1500 miles on the stock brakes.


any guidance to the subject would be great.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 09:35 AM
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Because size matters

Your bike doesn't require as much braking surface area as a car...

A combined weight of say 600/800 lbs for a bike and rider/passenger

A car with payload might be 5000 lbs...

As far as when to change them will depend on how hard you are on them... I am not a heavy braker... I roll off the throttle and use engine braking a lot... My brakes last a long time..

I should think one should get a minimum of 5000 miles on a set of pads...

Come and play.. Come and play...
Forget about the movement...!
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You can get a lot or very little out of your brake pads, depending on your riding habits. I think I got almost 10k out of the pads on my old F4i before I changed it to EBC Sintered HH pads. Changing brake pads isn't that bad, should take like 30 minutes max. MAKE SURE YOU USE LOCTITE ON ALL THE BOLTS! Usually, motorcycle brake pads have built-in wear indicator, typically groves that run through the pads. You can see the groves from just looking down on the pads themselves. If you don't see the groves anymore, it's a good time to change.

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My brakes are already worned out at 5800 miles. I probably have another 400 miles left before it hits the wear indicator.

My questions is: Should I get the stock (oem) or aftermarket pads?
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Generally speaking, OEM pads are good for street use because you don't constantly get on the brakes where it heats up so much that it doesn't grab as well. Brake pads that are designed for racing requires warming up before it starts to grab well, so it can be dangerous for street use.
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Thats really good to know!

My head always wants to buy race related stuff for the vehicles, but my instincts says buy OEM unless it will be used for performance gains.

So unless i go racing, i think i will stick to stockies.

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What would be best then if I do a lot of canyon riding (GMR)?
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I got like 6,000 miles out of mine.
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I would think that ninja 250 brakes last a long time since the bike doesn't weigh that much and you're typically not going super fast. I haven't replaced mine yet as the bike is still somewhat new to me.
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Brake pads on ninja 250s will last you quite a long time. The wear bars on the pads are also a dead giveaway to the life of your pads.
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