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Yamaha Motorcycle Brake Pads

A set of well-maintained brake pads can make the difference between life and death on the road. Yamaha motorcycle brake pads are designed to provide responsive and comfortable braking when installed on their motorcycles.

Brake Pads

Brake pads provide the friction needed to bring a motorcycle to a halt. When the brake pedal is pressed, pistons force the pads against the brake rotor. This converts the rotor’s kinetic energy into heat through friction, slowing it down. Stopping a speeding motorcycle within an acceptable safe distance naturally places stress on the brake pads, and so they are one of the components that needs replacing most often. Each set of Yamaha brake pads is designed for a specific model of motorcycle in order to best fit that bike’s performance and handling characteristics.

When To Change Brake Pads

Riding on worn brake pads can be very dangerous as it increases your stopping distance and reduces your ability to stop in time to avoid a hazard. Pads should be visually inspected regularly to make sure that they have not worn down too far. If your brakes feel less responsive, if may also be time to change the pads, although this can also be a sign of problems with the pistons or rotors. Yamaha brake pads also contain a wear indicator. This is a piece of metal that protrudes partway into the brake pad. It will contact the rotor before the pad is entirely worn through, making a loud noise that lets you know that it is time to replace your pads.


Depending on the specific model, Yamaha front brake pads and Yamaha rear brake pads can be either made from resin or sintered metal. Sintered brake pads are made from metallic materials fused together by heat. They are especially popular for high-performance motorcycles as they will not fade when heated and also resist weather conditions. However, they can only be used with certain brake rotors, as the hard metallic surface places a lot of stress on the rotor’s surface. Resin pads are softer, allowing smoother braking and placing less wear on the rotor. While you don’t get the extreme bite of sintered pads from resin pads, they will still provide enough braking power for all but the hardest riding. Most Yamaha pads are also backed by a metal shim that reduces vibration. Yamaha designs brake pads not only for maximum performance but also to provide a smooth and comfortable ride.

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