Galfer Wave Rotors and Brake Pads
Last month we installed an XS Boost fan controller on our 2001 Honda CBR929RR to keep the coolant temps down. This time we're improving braking performance and dropping weight with Galfer Wave rotors and pads.
With nearly 10,000 miles on the clock, not only were the stock brake pads shot, but the overall package was feeling a bit weak by today's standards. The 929 had previously received Galfer stainless steel braided brake lines so that was one less item to take care of. While lines are a great first upgrade, we wanted even more.
Next to lines, a good set of brake pads and rotors go a long way in improving braking performance. True, you can add aftermarket calipers and a master cylinder but you're in for some sticker shock-those parts ain't cheap. Furthermore, some race setups can be too much for the street and actually cause more harm than good. After all, one finger power that can lock a tire at 100 mph is plain scary on the street.
We considered that the 929 is predominantly a streetbike when ordering our brake upgrades. In addition to boosting the initial bite because of additional leading edges of the rotor's "wave" design, the Galfer rotor helps fight brake fade by keeping temps down as much as 30 percent compared to a stock rotor.
With the righteous rotors installed we complemented them with high performance pads. Since the front handles the majority of the stopping we chose the G1370 compound. They have all of the benefits of race pads but feature a metallic content similar to a stock pad so they'll grip like glue but won't disintegrate before your eyes. In the rear we chose the G1054 compound, which is like an OEM replacement on steroids. The combo is ideal on the street; they heat up instantly and resist fade even during repeated stops.
Braking is noticeably stronger with the Galfer combo, and since the 929 already had strong brakes we took it from good to great. While even a sportbike can benefit from brake upgrades, if you're riding an older bike or an entry-level model you stand the best chance of a huge improvement with similar components. Upgrading your brakes on something like an SV650, Ninja 650R or FZR600 would net huge gains akin to dropping a boat anchor off the back every time you reached for the binders.
Whether you're riding a 2010 model or a seasoned vet, quality-braking components are wise investments. If you've got the pocket to push the pile at once, go for it. If not, start with some lines and pads then eventually get the rotors for the complete package.