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post #1 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Brakes in the rain

My brake pads are good and work well when dry, but when it rains the brakes feel like two sponges.

Do brakes loose some braking power when wet?


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post #2 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 11:47 AM
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My brake pads are good and work well when dry, but when it rains the brakes feel like two sponges.

Do brakes loose some braking power when wet?
Mine sure do, but they dry out fast under braking (I figure the heat evaporates the water like crazy.) For the first half second or so, they're pretty ineffective, but then start working again to a large extent. I tend to notice this most when coming to a stop when leaving the house or a parking lot after the bike's been rained on and the rotor is soaked.

Do yours continue to feel like sponges even after prolonged braking? (Also, the KLR's front brake is notoriously weak, but since I don't have anything to compare it to, I wouldn't know.)
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I have found the brakes on my KLR become nearly ineffective until all of the water has dried off of them. Have to ride the front brake for a while before it begins to work, same goes for the rear.
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The brakes on mine are horrible in the dry...can't imagine how bad they'll be in the wet. Going to replace them with some EBC HH ones.
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The brakes on mine are horrible in the dry...can't imagine how bad they'll be in the wet. Going to replace them with some EBC HH ones.
Your brakes must be really tired if that is the case. The KLR's brakes might not be as fantastic as a 6 piston dual rotor design on a high end sports bike, but they get the job done pretty adequately IMO...
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Your brakes must be really tired if that is the case. The KLR's brakes might not be as fantastic as a 6 piston dual rotor design on a high end sports bike, but they get the job done pretty adequately IMO...
Oh, I'm sure that's right. Bike looks like it was rode hard, put away wet. I'm confident in the EBCs will be a big help.
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Oh, I'm sure that's right. Bike looks like it was rode hard, put away wet. I'm confident in the EBCs will be a big help.
Scratch that...looks like HH aren't available for the 1st gen.
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Scratch that...looks like HH aren't available for the 1st gen.
I would put on just whatever your dealer has in stock. I got EBC reds and they improved my rear end braking authority by a notable amount. Front end still has OEM pads on it (22,600 some odd miles later ) and that will be the next thing to get replaced, probably next week actually..

Are the rotors glazed over too? You might want to consider replacing them, or possibly getting a new surfaced machined into them.
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I would put on just whatever your dealer has in stock. I got EBC reds and they improved my rear end braking authority by a notable amount. Front end still has OEM pads on it (22,600 some odd miles later ) and that will be the next thing to get replaced, probably next week actually..

Are the rotors glazed over too? You might want to consider replacing them, or possibly getting a new surfaced machined into them.
I ordered a set of the R pads, FA130R for the front. Waiting on rear brake pedal to see how that performs but I'm pretty sure it's crap too. Good call...I will take a closer look at the rotors as well.

I don't want to thread jack the OP too bad...will probably start a separate thread on all the stuff I'm finding out on my new purchase...fun fun
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Wow. I'm not sure that it's supposed to be like that?

I haven't had the issue, but then again I haven't ridden very much in the rain.
I would assume that the rain is causing lack of friction between the pad and rotor which is the problem. I guess you can solve this with better pads?
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