Motorcycle Brake Pad Comparison

Choosing the right brake pads for your motorcycle can be confusing, but fret not!
We will cover all there is to know about them for you to make the right choice.

Types of Brake Pads

  1. Sintered Brake Pads
  2. Organic Brake Pads
  3. Semi-Sintered Brake Pads
Sintered Brake Pads

Sintered brake pads are made of compressed metallic particles. They are by far the most popular type of brake pads used in motorcycles. Due to the fact that they have strong braking power and relatively longer life. Sintered brake pads are also able to perform well in dirty and wet conditions. The downside of these pads are that they will require to come up to temperature before working at its optimum condition, also they tend to be noisier than other options.

Organic Brake Pads

Organic brake pads are made of softer organic materials like Kevlar, rubber and fiberglass which are bound by resin. Due to the nature of these materials, organic pads function do not function as well at higher temperatures, and also tend to glaze over and wear out faster. However, if noise from your brake pads are a concern to you, these pads can be a good option as they are the quietest pads.

Semi-Sintered Brake Pads

Semi-sintered brake pads try to marry the best of sintered an organic pads, by means of metallic particle addition into an organic compound. These pads can be a good all rounder option, if that is what you are looking for. It provides higher stopping power compared to organic brake pads, and reaches its peak performance at a lower temperature than sintered pads. However, it still suffers the downside of organic brake pads of being prone to glazing over. Also, it is usually the most expensive option.

Brake Pad Comparison

Overall, sintered brake pads edge out the other types due to its versatility which is shown in the choice of modern day OEM equipped brake pads. However, a motorcycle is ultimately a purpose built machine, and a “one size fits all” option may not be the one that is suitable for you. The choice of brake pads will be heavily dependent on how you use your motorcycle!

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