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No braking power after new pads installed

So like the title says, I installed new sintered pads on the front and rear deglazed the rotors cleaned them off as well, lever and rear brake have pressure so what gives? Feels like oil or something on the discs but cant be i used brake clean on them. I went for a quick spin and there's hardly any stopping power but lots of pressure on the front and rear brakes. Thanks for your help.

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1. How many miles on the bike?
2. How did you de-glaze?
3. Any rotor scoring/ridges?
4. What brand of pads?
5. Front and back the same?
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Seems like you covered most of the bases so far but I would drive for 100 miles or so to break the pads in and if they don't seem better start by bleeding the brakes there could be a bubble even though you said they had good pressure. Also some aftermarket pads are just crap.
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Seems like you covered most of the bases so far but I would drive for 100 miles or so to break the pads in and if they don't seem better start by bleeding the brakes there could be a bubble even though you said they had good pressure. Also some aftermarket pads are just crap.
Ya i was thinking that as well. Like i said it was a very short ride and it just caught me off guard applying the brakes and not having much going on. Ill give it more time and if no improvement ill swap them out.

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whenever I change pads I never touch or clean the rotors, I leave them as is and never have a problem

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No braking power after new pads installed

The pads need to be bedded...I'd start there:
https://ebcbrakes.com/articles/motorcycle-bed-in/

Sintered pads (especially ones that are rated HH) take longer to break in than organic or semi-metallic pads.


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Not sure if I agree about the bedding in being the problem. Although it is true that pads need to be bedded to achieve maximum performance, I have installed EBC HH pads on several bikes and have had immediately good braking. Sure it gets better after they are bedded in, but they should be pretty good from the get go.
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Thanks for all the replies i think I'll just give it some time and see if it gets better.

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Brake pads usually take a bit of time and a number of stops before they work as they should. New cars usually have instructions to be careful and to avoid hard stops for a set number of miles so the brake pads and discs can break in properly.

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Brake pads usually take a bit of time and a number of stops before they work as they should. New cars usually have instructions to be careful and to avoid hard stops for a set number of miles so the brake pads and discs can break in properly.
What is funny about that is that for many high performance pads, you specifically want to make a series of hard stops to properly bed them in. I always go for aggressive high performance pads on my vehicles. If I bring it back from a first ride and I can't smell the pads, I didn't break them in right

Of course from the factory they generally don't install what I would consider a high performance pad, so that is the difference.
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