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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.

Out on the track in the (literal) heat of competition, stock brake pad compounds would rapidly disintegrate and brake performance would weaken very rapidly. That’s why racers use special pad compounds that thrive in high temperatures. The tradeoff? Those pads perform poorly when cold – and even at what would be normal operating temperatures out on the street. Racers know they need to heat up their brakes on the warm-up lap so that they can have all the braking power they’ll need for turn one once the green flag flies. Street riders don’t have the luxury of a warm up lap and, even with the most aggressive street-riding style, don’t generate or maintain enough heat in the brakes for race pads to deliver suitable performance for effective and safe on-road use.

So, what’s the performance-oriented sport rider to do to plus-up the braking power of his or her high-performance machine? There are multiple performance options, including different brake pad compounds and brake disk designs, that can improve braking performance over the stock components that were originally equipped on the bike. BRAKING™ has the CM55 street/sport pad compound designed specifically for the performance-oriented street rider. Explore the range of BRAKING™ performance brake and disk options for your bike at sunstar-braking.com.

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