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  • When it comes to braking, your bike is biased


    Have you ever wondered why motorcycle and ATV manufacturers put large disks up front and smaller brakes in the rear? It’s a matter of designed-in brake bias. And that’s a weighty subject.

    Under acceleration and sustained speed, your motorcycle’s weight naturally shifts toward the rear wheel. That’s beneficial since that weight contributes to greater traction at the rear tire as power is delivered to the ground. But, during braking, the motorcycle’s center of gravity shifts forward, loading the front suspension and, simultaneously, reducing weight at the rear of the bike. As that weight shift happens, traction is increased at the front tire and decreased at the rear. As a result, the need for braking is biased toward the front wheel where the traction is. Ultimately, the front brakes provide 70 to 80-percent of all effective slowing and stopping power. The harder you brake, the more firmly the front tire is planted into the pavement. At the same time, less traction is available at the rear tire, therefore less braking force is needed there. And that’s why most large street motorcycles have large, dual discs and large calipers on the front wheel and smaller, single brakes at the rear. It’s also why riders should be familiar with the need to provide more braking effort at the front brake lever in a firm, progressive squeeze as weight shifts forward and progressively less effort on the rear brake pedal to avoid skidding as the rear end of the bike lightens.

    Of course, effective braking is only as good as the components. Discs, brake pads, and levers all play a significant role in braking performance. It’s clear why your machine would benefit by having braking components that consistently provide exceptional grip, fade resistance and predictable feel at the brake lever. That’s why many top riders are biased toward Braking® brake components.

    Explore the performance BRAKING® products for your bike at sunstar-braking.com. Need help selecting the right parts for your needs? Just ask!

  • Uncovering the secrets of advanced brake disc design.


    More than just metal hoops mounted to the wheel, those brake discs on your bike are packing a lot of secret performance. Here’s a quick lesson in advanced brake disc design.

    If you can’t stand the heat …

    Brakes rely on friction to do their job. But, in addition to creating impressive stopping power, that friction also generates boat loads of extreme heat that can quickly damage brake components and lead to brake fade and even brake failure. So how do racers push their bikes to the limit and still have strong braking power throughout a race? They select components that are designed to dissipate that heat efficiently, manage the expansion and contraction of steel braking components, and maximize the performance of brake pads.

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  • Identifying the characteristics of a bad sprocket


    Sprockets don’t start out as bad characters; they become that way. Over time, based on the environments they’re subjected to and the circles they run in sprockets can turn and wreak havoc on your bike’s performance and reliability. Taking a moment on a regular basis to visually check your machine’s chain wheels can tell you a lot about how they are likely to act today and in the future.

    Are your sprockets upstanding performers, or are they a bit shady? To answer that, let’s do a little profiling.

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  • Off Track! (Street Use Of Racing Pads)

    Off Track Racing

    Race pads on street bikes could slow you down. Or … not.

    Modern sport bikes have face-ripping power that quickly produces incredible speed. To match all of that swiftness, fast bikes also need to have exceptional braking systems to slow all of that forward momentum down just as quickly. Nobody knows that better than professional racers; the guys that push their machines to the limit lap after lap. Racers rely on high-performance brakes that will stand up to extreme heat and resist brake fade even when they’re glowing red.

    So, wouldn’t that kind of performance be perfect for the sport bike rider who wants maximum braking performance for the street? Surprisingly … no.

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  • The Dirt on Chain Wear

    dirty bike chain

    Dirt, mud and sand may be your chain’s worst enemy.

    Even Superman had his kryptonite—the one element that could bring the superhero to his knees. Dirt, mud and sand can weaken the most super bike chain just as easily.

    The modern motorcycle chain is designed to transfer power from the engine to the rear wheel with tremendous efficiency and smoothness. And, with proper care, it does a super job of that. Unfortunately, there is an arch enemy to the motorcycle chain: dirt. The dirt, mud and sand commonly found in popular riding environments can be as harsh as an industrial abrasive. Whether you’re riding in the dirt or on the street, those nasty elements can find their way onto your bike’s chain and wreak havoc on the rollers and seals that normally provide smooth and reliable operation. Dirt also accelerates wear of the chain and sprockets, shortening the service life of your drivetrain.

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  • The problem with dry, kinked drive chains.

    kinked drive chains

    Sometimes, despite our best intentions to maintain our bikes, we let things go a little longer than we should—especially if it’s an item that requires us to get down on the ground to take care of. Before we know it, that chain on our dirt bike or road bike is making noise and binding as we roll the bike around in the driveway. One look and the culprit is clear; the chain is a dehydrated mess.

    Is there any hope for that dry, neglected chain? Will some serious lubrication straighten out those kinks? Can a weather-worn chain ever be refreshed and trusted to deliver reliable performance? To answer that, let’s start with a little lesson in chain design.

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  • 4 Tips to Better Braking and Moves That Would Score a Perfect “10”

    Braking Techniques

    Nearly every rider wants more power. But power is only impressive if it can be managed with excellent braking. Done right, it’s as beautiful as a well-choreographed dance between rider and machine. Here are four ways to help you and your bike become better dance partners on the road or on the track.

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  • How to know when to replace sprockets

    replace sprockets

    The time to replace sprockets isn’t after the teeth are severely curled or worn down to a nub. Or when the chain starts jumping the cogs. To maintain top, reliable performance of your bike and to minimize damage to other components, sprocket replacement should happen long before then. But how can we know when those gearwheels have served their useful lifetime? Here are a few simple ways to know if your final drive is due for a swap out to new components.

    Look for the early warning signs

    Just as it’s best to see a doctor now and then for a checkup instead of waiting until you’ve got a serious problem, it’s a good idea to do regular checkups on your machine before things get bad (and expensive!). Taking just a few minutes each week to check out these handful of things will help you determine if you’ve got an unhealthy final drive.

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  • Braking: The Racer’s POV

    Racers POV

    How great brakes make the top race teams go faster.

    Nothing contributes to product development quite the way that racing does. After all, the race track is the ultimate testing ground for motorcycle components. Especially brakes. That’s why BRAKING® is so actively involved in off-road and on-road competition at pro and amateur levels (did you know that BRAKING has won more than 115 world championships since 1990?). We thought you might like to know what racers and their mechanics look for in brake components for their race bikes.

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    Free T-Shirt Ride Gear

    Get a FREE RideGear t-shirt and FREE Shipping during the Sunstar-Braking.com Website Launch Celebration.*

    Sunstar and Braking, the world’s top brands in sprockets, chains, brake discs and pads, unite in one awesome new website...

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