Keeping Your Motorcycle Brakes in Top Shape

As with all vehicles, it’s important for motorcycles to have brakes in top condition in order to prevent accidents. Below are the three main considerations when it comes to motorcycle brakes, and tips on keeping your motorcycle brakes in top shape.

Bleeding the brakes every two to three years:

If you don’t know what “bleeding your brakes” means, here’s a great brake-bleeding guide. Bleeding your brakes removes air-buildup from your brake system and prevents malfunction. It’s important to perform this procedure every two to three years.

Brake Pads

Brake pads need to be replaced as they wear down, otherwise, air can build up faster in the brake fluid lines. Worn brake pads reduce brake efficiency and increase the risk of accidents. You also need to consider the best type of brake pad for your environment and the type of riding you do. Choosing the right type of brake pad will maximize your ability to brake efficiently, and minimize chances of malfunction.

If you ride through difficult terrain or often need to put strong pressure on your brakes, sintered brake pads are a great choice, as they offer smooth, quick braking, with little fading or wear on rotors.

Organic brake pads are cheaper and also offer smooth, controlled braking, but do lose effectiveness over time. Ceramic brake pads dissipate heat and extend rotor life. You’ll need to consider your rotors and other needs when choosing the best brake pads for your motorcycle.

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Brake Fluid

Brake fluid helps prevent your mechanical parts from wearing out. Over time, brake fluid dissipates, so it must be changed. This should be done approximately every two years, but checked monthly just in case. Changing brake fluid requires patience, as you must flush out the old fluid and replace it with new fluid without creating air bubbles. This must be done carefully, and you should consult a professional if you’ve never done this before.

Being able to brake properly is important for every motorcyclist, and focusing on the three areas above will help you make sure your brakes are in safe, functioning condition.


Devin roams the Pacific Northwest, lacking roots, direction, or restraint.  He writes from his friends’ garages, stopping to experiment on their cars.  You can find him on Twitter


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