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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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My brakes are about ready to be replaced and I was wondering you guys' thoughts on the types, brands, and places to order them from.

So far I think I need semi-metallic/semi-sintered because I obviously don't track ride, but I do ride a lot on back highways and sometimes through rain. I try to avoid rain, but it's a part of living on Earth lol. Anyway, the brand I was looking at was EDC and the model is V-Pads. Do any of you guys have experience with them or good experiences with others?

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I prefer the OEM ones as they are easy on the rotors (spendy)
Changed both front and rear near the 35000 mile mark, still plenty of pad left.
Just my .02
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I have had more of the mechanic guru's state the best on these vulcans is to stay with the OEM brakes. The other choice would be EBC brand. Very popular.
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I prefer the OEM ones as they are easy on the rotors (spendy)
Changed both front and rear near the 35000 mile mark, still plenty of pad left.
Just my .02
I wonder if the previous owner or myself are more aggressive on the brakes then - I'm only at 20k miles and they're at the squealer plate. I also called the Kawasaki store in town and they only carry OEM brakes and they said the same thing about them being better for the bike - my problem with that is they would try to sell me on their product because it would mean less business. They're also $62/pair vs EBC which was like $40/pair. I know going with the original compound type is better for the rotors (unless I changed the rotors out) but idk if I should go ahead and buy those or a different aftermarket. Do you guys know which compound type the OEM pads are?

Edit: I meant EBC not EDC lol, I'm an idiot

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Do they make ceramic pads? They are usually quieter, make less dust and easier on the rotors.

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I think I saw some on one of the websites, but I thought ceramic pads were harder on the rotors? And idk anything about glazing with them, do you know?

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I think I saw some on one of the websites, but I thought ceramic pads were harder on the rotors? And idk anything about glazing with them, do you know?

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Do not go with ceramic pads. They can "FADE" when you need them the most. EBC is a good choice. I have EBC on my rear. It does a good job.
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Fair enough lol, I never knew that about ceramic pads - which EBC type do you use?

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Here is their website, They have a vehicle checker on the website so you can get all the right choices. https://ebcbrakes.com/motorcycle-products/
Here is the one I have on my rear.

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Just bought some pads at my local dealer, what they automatically sold me were EBC pads without asking for anything special.
I'm willing to try them, give me indication if I want to install them on my V-Rod.
Made the mistake a few years back of going to Lyndall's on the V-Rod based on forum recommendations on that forum. Within 200 miles brake use bike would jump up and down violently. Went back to stock pads and sanded the rotors with a DA. Managed to make the behavior tolerable till I could also replace the rotors.

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