If you want to make your motorcycle stop faster, you’re in the right place! Here at Lucky Cycles, we’ve spent a lot of time making motorcycles go fast. But if you’re going to ride Fast, you’ve gotta be able to stop fast, too!
The first thing you’ll want to do is perform a little maintenance. A brake fluid flush is something that gets overlooked pretty often, but it’s essential if you want your brakes to perform their best. I recommend checking out our best brake fluid article if you haven’t done so already.
If you’re still rolling around on your OE brake pads, that’s another place you can improve your braking performance. Upgrading to a set of EBC HH brake pads is a great way to make your motorcycle stop faster. Made from sintered copper alloy, these brake pads benefit from the highest friction (HH) rating for maximum stopping power. If your old rotors have seen some miles, a set of galfer floating brake rotors will both increase your stopping power, and give you a few style points too!
For the absolute best braking performance, add a set of braided steel brake lines to the list of upgrades while you’re at it. OE rubber lines flex with the pressure in the braking system, which is basically wasted braking energy. The braided steel lines don’t flex nearly as much. The result? More braking force, faster stopping, and more feedback at the levers.
If your pads and rotors are in good shape, the lines are good, and your brake fluid is fresh, your brake levers should feel firm, and you should be able to clearly feel the brakes engaging through the lever. If that’s not the case, or the brakes still feel weak, your bike may be due for a master cylinder rebuild kit. They’re not hard to install, and they’re cheap. Over the years, the rubber seals in your master cylinder break down and allow brake fluid to leak past them. The result? Less braking power. A rebuild kit is a cheap, quick way to recover that lost performance.