Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Kansas City
Motorcycle: RIP El Toro. Long live new bike BIG FOXIE! Ex KWS AMA 08 GSXR1000
Re: Brake Pad Break-in Question
Rotor hones are awesome, IF you have a really glazed set of rotors OR if you are making a change in pads
Since the pads do lay down a very thin layer of material on the rotors, I do try to hone the rotors if I'm swapping pads. I think having a fresh / clean surface helps the new pads put down their own layer of material.... which will work better with those pads.
But thats just if you are swapping pads. If you are staying with the same pads, and the rotors aren't really glazed / heat spotted, you can probably just throw on another set of pads and call it good. Wouldnt hurt to wipe down the surface with brake cleaner or better yet acetone...... just to make sure they (the rotors) are perfectly dry / oil free. Unless your hands are perfectly clean, its real easy to touch them and get them dirty. It may even be WORSE with mechanics gloves, since they tend to soak up oil / dirt......
*shrugs* all thats pretty anal, and may not make a different at all unless you just want the very very best your brakes can do. Dont get me wrong, I'm no AMA quality rider, I'm just anal about my brakes. Not saying I'm good enough to be able to use the difference, but..... it makes me feel better. I tend to aim for overkill on what i work on. I always try to make sure the machine is better than I am. Then, I never ever have to worry about it - I can throw the bike into a corner and know that it will carry me through it, if I have the guts to ride it.