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Wed Oct 31 23:39:44 PDT 2007
I believe he more unhappy with usual stock master switch on/off problem than
good master cylinder and pads solve this problem.
Twin Works Factory
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Grein" <randygrein at comcast.net>
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at micapeak.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:46 PM
Subject: Re: Brake Upgrades
> Get a tennis ball. Squeeze it a million times. (grin)
> Seriously, I'm old school and the brakes are so much better than what we
> had 20 years ago it's not funny. I get 2 finger brakies with little
> effort on the stock setup, but everyone wants more. There are a few
> things you can do:
> Move the MC inboard. Seriously, this is a cheap, free upgrade. As you
> move your finger contact towards the end of the lever you can increase
> leverage by 30-50% over where most people grab.
> Make sure the brakes are bled, retract OK, etc. The wheel should spin
> freely 2-4 revolutions from a single good, strong hand flick. If you've
> ever dumped brake fluid on the rotors or calipers use brake cleaner to
> clean the rotors and replace the pads.
> If you're still having trouble with lever travel you may need to seat the
> calipers properly. With the bike on front and rear stands loosen the
> caliper bolts, spin the tire and tap the brake lever a few times. Hold it
> while tightening the calipers back up. This seems to allow the brakes to
> float to the optimum alignment with the rotors, and has always solved
> excessive lever travel for me.
> Replace the pads with ones that have a higher CF (coefficient of
> friction). I would suggest the EBC kit pads, but those are only for
> racing. I think Galfer or Ferodo have something for you, but you will
> have to compare the CF, don't just buy pads assuming.
> If that's still not enough you can replace the whole front end. A common
> enough swap, this will give you bigger rotors and calipers. GSXR 600 is a
> common upgrade, but you will need to get replacement bearings.
> Randy Grein, WMRRA #41
> On Oct 31, 2007, at 8:03 PM, David and Sumudini Guyer wrote:
>> I have the '02 SV650S. I think I'd like to find out some ideas of how
>> upgrade the front brakes so that I get more feel and control, and
>> I've started to get to the point that I realize the transition from
>> braking to trail or no brakes as you tip over into a turn is fairly
>> and important to your cornering speed. Feel of the brakes goes a long
>> to keeping you from just unloading the brake giving you that "going
>> So, other than stainless steel brake lines, which I have already, are
>> ways to upgrade the feel and/or power of the brakes... would a new lever
>> it, or a new "radial" master cylinder... could I get and bolt on GSXR600
>> calipers... how do you guys do it, if at all???
>> Thanks in advance :-)
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