View from our front deck today
Once our immediate 14 day quarantine is up, we are allowed to go for a walk, keeping the regulatory 2 metres from others and visit essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and so on. No need for that at present. As it happens, new brake pads for the KTM arrived yesterday so today was always going to be earmarked for fitting them.
EBC HH pads - serious stopping power
I love EBC HH pads. I fitted them to my Blackbird, Street Triple and GSX-S1000. Far superior to the OEM pads on all those bikes in terms of stopping power. They're not snatchy and they're kind to disc rotors - what's not to like and why aren't pads this good fitted as standard? I found a UK supplier on eBay advertising a full front and rear set for GBP84 (NZ$172) including delivery. A sight cheaper than NZ so it was a no-brainer.
This is where my ABBA bike stand comes in really handy as both wheels can be lifted off the deck at the same time by using the attachments.
Both wheels off the deck
Getting both wheels off the deck is particularly handy because as well as swapping the pads, it allows me to easily de-glaze the disc rotors to maximise stopping power and bedding-in.
Essentials - pads, brake cleaner, wet and dry paper
First job was to remove the old front pads which were in "as new" condition. As opposed to some other bikes I've owned, access to the KTM pads is a piece of cake. Pop off a circlip at the end of each pin, unscrew and withdraw the 2 pins and spring strip - the pads just lift out.
Removing the tensioning spring and old pads - piece of cake
Next job was to break the glaze on both faces of each rotor. Sanding block, 400 wet and dry paper used wet. About 5 minutes per face.
Wet de-glazing with a sanding block and 400 wet and dry paper
Glaze removed, disc thoroughly washed, calipers cleaned with brake cleaner
New pads inserted followed by tensioner, pins and circlips
A quick pump of the brake lever to reposition the pistons and job done. The rear single caliper and disc was done in the same manner. Only a single pin so really quick. Next job is to go out and bed the pads in with a series of high speed, elevated temperature stops. When that happens is in the lap of the gods at present. Nothing else needs doing to the bike so tomorrow is a whole new day!