Brake Upgrades

Ahmed Jehanzeb jehanzeb at
Fri Nov 2 17:11:45 PDT 2007

Agreed. The Buttonwillow track day I did, proved the stock brakes are plenty
to get the SV stopped.
My Vesrah brake pads have over 8, 000 miles (90% street, 10% track).
Using stock rotors, calipers and MC (with 35, 000 miles), the only issue is
the vague feeling when the tires are not warm.
Cheap fix: Thoroughly wash your rotors and brake pads with residue free
soap/detergent to avoid feel-robbing brake dust, etc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jo Rhett [mailto:jorhett at] 
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2007 2:45 PM
To: Suzuki SV650 Mailing List
Subject: Re: Brake Upgrades

On Nov 2, 2007, at 12:01 PM, Randy Grein wrote:
> The GSXR brakes Zoran had on our 24 hour bike were way too much for  
> me at the time, being used to squeezing the sh*t out of older gen  
> brakes, where brake power was determined primarily by the size of  
> your right forearm. Now that I'm used to well setup stock brakes  
> (light 2 finger pull) I didn't have much trouble transitioning to a  
> similar setup on my racebike. No trouble, as in trail braking in  
> the worst rain I've ever seen.

Perhaps I'm just used to pulling hard ;-)  At buttonwillow I was  
outbraking pretty much everyone I went deep on the brakes with,  
fishing my rear around in the air in every hard braking zone, and  
never once had reason to doubt the brakes were going to stop me.   My  
problem was learning to just let the brakes off and roll a bit faster  
through the corner.

FYI: funny thing is those are Galfer pads I put on the bike mid-last  
summer, and they still grip like you wouldn't believe.

Jo Rhett /  velociRaptor Racing
#553 WERA West / AFM

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