We always hear that we need to check the brake and the pads before using any vehicle for our safety. But, how much do you know about brake pads?
What is it for?
When the rider presses on the brake lever or pedal of a disc brake-equipped motorcycle, the brake master cylinder attached to the lever or pedal pressurizes the system and sends hydraulic pressure to the brake caliper(s) at the wheels. The calipers have one or more pistons which are forced outward against the metal backing of the brake pad. As the brake pads clamp against the spinning rotor, they create friction which converts the kinetic energy built up in the motorcycle from speed, into heat energy. This heat passes into the brake rotors, pads, and calipers, and finally into the air.
What Are they?
Brake pads are the friction surfaces which contact the discs brake systems. They are made of various friction materials bonded to a steel backing plate. Most of the older brake linings were made from asbestos, but as the health hazards of the material were recognized, asbestos was phased out and newer, high-tech materials were introduced to replace it. Today, brake pad linings (friction material) are made from a variety of high-tech materials.
Make it a habit to visually inspect your brake pads on the bike, before a ride, and during oil changes. You may need a flashlight but look into the calipers, including the backside as there are inner and outer pads.
So, are you planning to change pads? We can handle it very well. We at GMAnians will be happy to assist you. Simply give us a call or send us a text message to 0942 037 11. Check out our Facebook page and subscribe to our website www.gmaniansmotorshop.com .