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post #1 of 43 Old 04-26-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Back to stock brake pads: WOW! How nice.

I've had my wee since June '08.
Last fall, I changed the brake pads for the first time (30,000 kms).
The first thing I noticed is that the new pads (EBC HH) worked better than my worn stockers (duh!).
The second thing I noticed is that stoppies were impossible (they used to be relatively easy with the stockers)

Guess what? Today I had to install new brake pads (Yes, that's right, the EBC HH lasted 5,200 kms and less than 6 months while the stockers lasted 30,000 kms and 4 years).

I went to NorthShore Suzuki. Their mechanic is really nice and seems to know his voodoo. He didn't have the stock pads in stock, but since he knew I wanted them, he took them off another bike (I think it's fair that I pay for twice the labour).

They're not really settled in yet, but WOW! I set my brake adjuster back to the closest to the bar, and I can stoppie the bike again with two fingers...

They are well worth the money (especially considering they last 6x as long as the aftermarket junk I put on last fall).

The ABS doesn't kick in as quickly either, which is nice. The stock pads really provide a very good feel and the brakes are easy to mudulate.

Disclaimer: I assume there was something wrong with the EBC pads that made them wear so fast and stop so crappy; I base this on other members' experience with them. I hope it was just the pads and not my bike, but these stock pads feel much better than the EBC ever did. Time will tell. It's also the first time in my entire riding career that brake pads haven't lasted me at least as long as the tires.
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post #2 of 43 Old 04-26-2012, 11:12 PM
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Great. After reading all the positive comments on EBC H-H pads, I had a set installed along with stainless steel braided hydraulic lines JUST YESTERDAY. My stock pads were about half worn down at 23K miles.

I hope your experience was just an anomaly.
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post #3 of 43 Old 04-26-2012, 11:13 PM
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Thanks for the info.
What are you calling a stoppie?
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post #4 of 43 Old 04-27-2012, 06:56 AM
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I came the exact same realization about a month ago. NOTHING compares to the oem chain and brake pads. How much were the oem pads frpom the dealer? I order mine thru seem to have the bestest deal on OEM parts for any Japanese bikes.. Have fun andb take it easy on those stoppies.

PS>..Many saty that the wee cant do stoppies and WE know thats not true

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post #5 of 43 Old 04-27-2012, 08:55 AM
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I would not have thought it possible to do a stoppie with ABS.

Guess I'm wrong...

Go hakafugu yourself.
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post #6 of 43 Old 04-27-2012, 10:08 AM
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Ozart, come out of the cave!! Stoppie...front wheel stop that lifts the rear end of the bike off the ground. Opposite of a wheely, which personally I don't want to do either. Makes me scared!
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post #7 of 43 Old 04-27-2012, 10:22 AM
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I'm not sure why EBC is so popular. I have had their HH on my sportbike, and much prefer Galfer or Carbone Lorraine.

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My experience with the EBC HH pads is exactly the opposite. They stop better and have outlasted the stock pads. Mine is not ABS, so I'm wondering if that could have something to do with it.
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post #9 of 43 Old 04-27-2012, 10:32 AM
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I too love the stockers. I have a set of EBC HH front pads also still in the plastic. Would gladly trade for stockers and would give some extra cash also.

I like my new chain from Blair though. I am on chain 3 and the stock chain didn't last quite as long as my 1st aftermarket replacement. Time will tell on chain 3 which I forgot the brand of.

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Originally Posted by notacop View Post
Ozart, come out of the cave!! Stoppie...front wheel stop that lifts the rear end of the bike off the ground. Opposite of a wheely, which personally I don't want to do either. Makes me scared!
I think he may be casting not-unfounded doubt on the OP's claim by suggesting that the OP has, perhaps, defined "stoppie" in absurdly generous terms. Much like the OP's oft-repeated claim to regularly commute at prolonged speeds in excess of 100 MPH (160 MPH Canadien) with nary a raised constabulatory eyebrow, or the OP's self-proclaimed prowess at any avocation mentioned, however casually, our Texan friend would like to see videographic proof of said "stoppie".

In light of the OP's obtusely suggested, albeit unproven (except on the internet) skill at attracting multiple non-bovine partners of undisputed desirabilty for marthon coital activities which may or may not include a duckbill-shaped vibtating marital aid festooned with rhinestones and tickler of Franco-Teutonic origin, our little Lone Star friend has allowed the sinfully caustic waters of skepticism to erode his faith in un-substantiated, web-based self-reportage.

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