Installed ceramic brake pads at the front on my Suzuki Gixxer SF 250
Since I had plans to eventually upgrade the front braking system, I thought it best to switch to non OEM but higher quality brake pads.
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A few days after the third service of the motorcycle, I dropped into the Suzuki SVC to pick up a spare part , as I planned to do a week long ride. When the service advisor heard that I was going for a 5 day ride, he proactively checked the front brake pads on the GSXRRR 250 and promptly told me that they would only last for another 1,000 – 1,500 kilometers. How they missed this crucial aspect, when I had given the bike for service, less than a week back, is beyond me!
The motorcycle had done only 8,300 kilometers at that point of time. Bear in mind that I’m a sedate rider and use a lot more engine braking, than most other riders. Despite that, the pads wouldn’t have lasted for even 10,000 kilometers.
Since I had plans to eventually upgrade the front braking system (maybe changing the master cylinder to that of the Duke 390?), I thought it best to switch to non OEM but higher quality brake pads. From the time that I purchased the GSXRRRRR 250, my friends had suggested that I switch to ceramic brake pads from Versah. This was the perfect opportunity to switch over to better after market pads.
F Motors sourced and fitted the Versah brake pads for me. The MRP of the pads is Rs 1,300. As always, the service experience with F Motors was stellar. I continue to highly recommend F Motors for its excellent workmanship and attention to detail.
Now that the pads are scrubbed in, I can confirm that the bite from the front end has improved, as compared to the stock setup. The braking is clearly stronger and more reassuring, than before. That said, while it is an improvement, most enthusiasts will need a master cylinder upgrade to compliment the performance of the Versah ceramic pads.
For now, Im keen to see how long these Versah pads last, as compared to the stock pads.
Dis-assembling the front brakes.
Versah ceramic pads.
Old pads side view.
New pads side view.
Old pads top view.
New pads top view.
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