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Which brake pads should I use?

The best type of motorcycle brake pad to use depends on the type of use. For race applications that generate a continuously high level of temperature in the brake system it is advantageous to use full race brake pads such as Carbon Compound pads as manufactured by SBS / Bendix. They have the ability to work consistently at elevated temperatures without a drop in coefficient of friction (braking power) that would occur with Organic pads. Performance Friction Corporation (PFC)  and Ferodo also produce a range of motorcycle brake pads which are excellent for pure race applications. Care must be taken, as with all race pads when being used on the road, as if they are not run at elevated temperatures they can display a very high pad and disc wear rate. There are now some excellent pads available from all these companies that offer most of the performance benefits of full race material, but without the high pad and disc wear rates at lower temperatures. This allows use for fast road as well as track use.

For road applications and race applications that do not generate continuously high brake temperatures (such as the TT) sintered pads offer a number of benefits, the main one being its ability to give very high friction (braking power) at low temperature. Organic and Ceramic compounds are also suitable for this type of application.

Care must be taken when choosing the sintered pads for your particular application, as the huge variance between different manufacturer’s products means that not all sintered pads are suitable for use with Iron rotors as excessive wear may occur.
The main disadvantage of sintered pads is the high heat transfer to the brake caliper, which can lead to brake fluid overheating.

Dunlopad (DP) manufacture a range of sintered pads which have a ceramic coating on the pad back plate which reduces the heat transfer to the caliper. This almost eliminates sintered pad’s main disadvantage for high temperature applications.