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post #1 of 31 Old 04-20-2015, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Brake help please!

I have a 2013 DL650 adventure. I bought it in 2014 (leftover got a good price) last year I changed the brake pads because I found the brakes to be soft. Now I took the bike for the first time since fall and again I found it still soft. So now I am thinking the brake pads are fine and the problem is with the bike having ABS BRAKES which I never had before. So my question is can I turn this off or not and is their any side affects from doing it. How many have done it and was braking improved? Thank you for your help.

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ABS has nothing to do with the feel. The only time ABS has any effect on the braking is around lock up. The brakes are softer than what you may be used to because the bike is a dual sport and sport or touring brakes would be too easy to lock up off road. The calipers can be replaced with sport bike calipers and caliper conversion mounts if you think it is important enough to get a lighter feel, that is unless "soft" actually means you have an air bubble in the system.

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I'd try a brake bleed if they feel soft. My 2013 feels great to me but it's my first bike so what do I know?��
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What brake pads did you use? I just put in EBC HH Sintered brake pads and they make quite a nice difference. The OEM brake pads would definitely feel soft in comparison.
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While upgrading the brake pads can considerably improve the initial bite and feel of the brakes, there is only so much they can do. If there is a point on the new DL 650 that really needs improvement ( imo ) it is the front brakes. ABS has absolutely NOTHING to do with what you describe as soft brakes. Be glad you have it. It is there only when needed, most don't even practice hard, panic styles stops and have no idea how much confidence ABS can give in those situations.

Take some time and drain, refill, and properly bleed the front brakes. Bike is old enough that it will be good for it anyway. That will take care of any bubbles of air in the system. Those WILL give a very soft feel! If no improvement....

Beyond that the only answer is to buy the brake calipers, caliper brackets, pads from the appropriate sport bikes and fit them to your V STrom. Some like to add the master cylinder for complete upgrade.

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I have a 2013 DL650A (w/ABS), and the brakes are definitely softer than my Triumph Sprint, but they stop me just fine. I was surprised by a car a couple of days ago (my fault), and grabbed too much brake. The ABS kicked in because the front was obviously starting to lock up, even on dry, clean pavement.

Clearly, if the ABS is kicking in, then I have enough braking power.
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Try a set of EBC HH sintered pads. I believe you will like them.

Mind, you will get what you ask for (more initial bite, more powerful overall brake effect), so be careful what you ask for (ie: you would do well to practice occasionally after they're broken in).

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Thank you I did do a brake pad up grade. What I should have mentioned is I was in fourth gear and applied the brakes but in order to get slowed down quicker I down shifted quickly. To me if it were an emergency those brakes should have done way better job I think I will change the brake fluid I see Doc has a video on it.

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Try a set of EBC HH sintered pads. I believe you will like them.

Mind, you will get what you ask for (more initial bite, more powerful overall brake effect), so be careful what you ask for (ie: you would do well to practice occasionally after they're broken in).
Yes I did this soon after I got the bike I did my research and choose these. Guess I should have done the fluid then.

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I have a 2013 DL650A (w/ABS), and the brakes are definitely softer than my Triumph Sprint, but they stop me just fine. I was surprised by a car a couple of days ago (my fault), and grabbed too much brake. The ABS kicked in because the front was obviously starting to lock up, even on dry, clean pavement.

Clearly, if the ABS is kicking in, then I have enough braking power.
Mine does not so brake bleed job is next.

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