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Brake Pad Choices?

So I was looking at my brakes the other night and they appear to be getting close to replacement time. Rear feels a bit mushier than I'd like as well, but for now the front stops plenty good enough for me.

So far I've found about four different pads suggested in different places, and was wondering which ones would be best to go with for commuting and street use:
  • Galfer HH Sintered Brake Pads
  • EBC HH Brake Pads
  • Ferodo Sintered ST Brake Pads
  • Vesrah Sintered Metal Brake Pad

I'm planning to replace both fronts and rear at the same time, as well as doing brake fluid. Rotors and lines would stay stock for now.

Most comparisons I can find are just upgraded pads vs. stock pads, and each set seems to have their own ups and downs, though the EBC and Vesrah are the most mentioned. Ferodo I know of coming from the car world, and saw mentioned a few times along with Galfer. But I haven't seen anything comparing the upgraded pads against each other. Anyone here tried any two or more of these (or others) and have anything to sway me one way or the other? Currently I'll likely go to the Vesrah just because they're mentioned slightly more often than the others. Pricing is close enough on all of them to be a non issue, largest gap is less than $10.
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I installed a set to EBC HH sintered pads 5k miles ago.

Just checked pad wear yesterday and they show very little wear.

Much better feel over the stock pads with these. Some guys complain about initial bite being not as much as others, but I really like the smooth progressive feel with these pads.

Very pleased thus far.
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A couple of things.

Just case you don't know, make sure you clean the caliper pistons before pressing them into the caliper.

There have been reports that the EBC pads on some bikes have a little too much coating/paint/or?? on the mounts. Enough to make them difficult or impossible to install and/or inhibiting their ability to slide on the posts. I had this issue on the rear of my '98 KLR a couple of years ago and heard about it on Connies, both c-10 and the 14.

I dunno iff'n that issue has been rectified or not. Otherwise the pads work well.

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I really like Vesrah pads, RJLs on my sportbikes most of the time with SRJL on the track bikes. Will be looking to get a set of them for the V when the time comes.
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I've only ever tried the OEM and EBC Sintered pads (HH). The EBC seem to have slightly less initial bite than the stock pads but ultimately better linearity with respect to lever pressure and stopping force which with a little practice should make them easier to modulate near the limit, especially if you have SS braided lines that don't expand under pressure. That is you can brake harder without feeling like you are risking a wheel lockup. Predictability that is the main difference between cheap and high end pads. Any pad will stop the wheel from rotating but a good pad will provide the predictability and feedback to brake harder near the limit without making you feel like you are risking a wheel lockup. I suspect there is not that much difference between pads of the same type, in a similar price range, like say the EBC HH and Vesrah Sintered Metal and Galfer HH. Sintered are always going to be best for street riding.
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I went with the Vesrah Sintered Metal Brake Pads and switched to Galpher SS Brakes Lines and it made a world of difference on my 09 V-650...

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