Which Brake Pads are Best For Me?

One of the most important parts of your motorcycle is the braking system. It's critical to maintain, repair and replace your bike's brake pads as needed to ensure each time you are out on the road, your ride is as safe as possible.

There are a few ways you can check to see if you are riding on worn brake pads and need to replace any of the other parts.

Look For The Wear Indicator Groove.

The first step when inspecting your brake pads is to check the wear indicator groove. Most motorcycle brake pads have a groove molded or cut into the surface so you can locate how much usable area of the part is remaining.

The groove disappears when the brake pad is worn enough to the point of needing to get the motorcycle parts replaced. Once the pad is down to roughly 2 millimeters, you need to replace it.

Consider Replacing The Pads Yourself.

With so many choices of brake pads it can get confusing quickly. Look at the chart below and it will help hopefully clear up the confusion on which pad is right for you.
How Do You Find The Right Brake Pad for YOU?
We recommend checking  your owners manual to see what your bike originally came with. This will give you a starting spot to help you choose what pad might be best. For most riders, OEM brakes do an excellent job, and OEM replacements are just what you need. Witchdoctors has the make, model & year search function which will help you know what fits your bike so you can find the pads you need.

Overall, for OEM replacements, check out EBC and Drag Specialties, as both brands also manufacture pads for OEMs themselves. If you need upgraded performance, check out high performance sintered pads made for hard use or racing, and if you simply want a different braking feel while keeping the same stopping power, check out organic or semi-sintered pads too.

General Street Motorcycles – Highway use

If your ride is in the lighter half of modern bikes and below 400cc engine size and also ridden at speeds below 70-80 mph, a premium organic brake pad will be more than enough. These pads are capable of replacing sintered or organic original products. Organic brake pads deliver good stopping power, medium to long lifetime and minimal brake fade. They are also good in wet weather braking.

If your bike is heavier and faster and again used for street riding, organic brake pads will certainly work fine in most cases and again are tested up to 1400cc bike use, but lifetime may guide you towards a semi sintered or fully sintered brake pad. The semi sintered pads are popular with cruiser style bikes and classics with a slightly lower friction level or bite. Whereas the fully sintered brake pads offer very long lifetime and superb high friction braking. These brake pads are HH friction rated  (highest known) and have become a world number one choice and remain best brake pads for Sport bikes and heavy cruiser motorcycles.

Bedding in new brakes

When fitting and using new brake pads a break in period must be observed riding the bike, with frequent gentle brake applications for up to 200 miles in street use, or 2-3 laps in race use, gradually increasing the brake pressure towards the end of the bed in period. The best just of when the brake pads are bedded is of course totally in the riders hands so gradually build up confidence in the new brakes without leaving braking late (unless in an emergency of course), and disc or rotor condition will naturally extend this brake in period. Badly worn scored or ridged brake discs or rotors will ruin pads and reduce braking even to unsafe levels for many miles and we strongly recommend against this.

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