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front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
Is there a general rule on how many miles you can go on the front brakes. I realize riding style comes into count.I use both front and back brakes to stop. Ken
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
I've got 50k on my original fronts. Rears I can't say bacause I had a warped rotor for a long time that trashed the pads. Keeping the pads and rotor clean makes a huge difference. 70K on original pads on the SV front, and they are about done. More engine braking is less pad wear for sure. I take my pads out and clean them with Dawn and a toothbrush once a year when I flush the fluid.
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
depends - organic or ceramic
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
Organic shorter ceramic longer. HK45 wrote:
depends - organic or ceramic
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
Organic shorter life but i think they have better feel.ceramic eat rotors and have to get up to temp.to work effectively.i take new pads and cut a groove across to 1/8in.from backing pad.good visual for seeing how much is left.double h organics are the sticky ones.not recommended for the rear unless you are good at brake control.
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
Never used ceramic on a bike, just sintered metal. I have yet to witness any of this rotor eating everyone talks about. Organic pads suck in the wet, and fade bad in the heat. Organic pads are for mini bikes IMO. Somebody post a pic of a rotor that got "eaten" by sintered or ceramic pads. The ceramic pads on my 2002 Impala lasted over 100K miles, stopped like a beast, the rotor looked great, and had 50% of its useful thickness remaining.

HH pads are sintered metal, not organic. Organic pads are G class.
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
Sintered are not recommended for cast or grey iron rotors because of premature wear and heat warp.organics do absorb water to a degree.high quality stainless rotors can be used with sintered with less ill effects.
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
I'm not seeing any ill effects on my 2003 Road Star or my 2002 SV650. Must be a miracle material. Both are stock with sintered pads. H on the Road Star and HH on the SV. My road star rear has had nothing but HH sintered EBC pads on it since I've owned it. All of us can quote what we read, but this whole nonsense of eating rotors has not materialized in my garage in the last 200,000 or so miles.
 
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Re:front brake life 3 Years, 9 Months ago  
thanks for the reply.I have 25,000 miles and I just wanted to make sure. Ken
 
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