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    Barback King rapiddog's Avatar
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    Question Grabby brakes R1200R

    2008 R1200R with <12K miles

    I notice the first time I rode this bike how 'grabby' the front brake is on this bike on initial application.
    Especially during slow speeds and around the parking lot maneuvers.

    I'd expect a little more progressive feel.
    I'm wondering if it's maybe the OEM pads.
    I've flushed the brake fluid with no noticeable difference.

    I'm going to try cleaning the rotors with a Scotchpad but I think I might look for some new, maybe softer pads this weekend.
    Any suggestions on pads or insights on this?

    I've had pretty good luck with SBS and EBC pads but I don't recall which ones...
    "...the burble of my exhaust unwound like a long cord behind me. Soon my speed snapped it, and I heard only the cry of the wind...." Larry of Arubia

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    A bozo on the bus deilenberger's Avatar
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    Interesting.. I guess it depends on what bike you're coming from. The R1200R brakes for me have a nice feel with good initial bite (which might seem grabby IF you're coming from an older bike with less effective brakes.)

    I'm currently running EBC HH pads front and rear and am happy with them, but they don't soften up the feel... Perhaps some organic pads might do that for you, and I believe EBC also offers those.

    One thing - you're not using the rear brake pedal right? It isn't needed (and is actually counter-productive) due to the linked brakes. I only use the pedal on parking lot sort of stuff where I only want to use the rear brake for control.
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    Barback King rapiddog's Avatar
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    No, not necessarily using the rear.
    Scenario is like slow maneuvering around a parking lot at near walking speeds. Initial bite is abrupt where it shouldn't be.
    Another like backing down a driveway, it's a grabby 'bite' that shouldn't be so harsh.

    I just came off a whizzy brake R12RT. Iy had great brakes but not as good in feel as the R12R.
    Really like the brake on the R alot.

    This bike has very good, dare I say supah-better in feel and stopping power in a linear fashion.
    But, at the lever the first 1/4 of the pull is kind of null, doesn't do alot, then the real brakage comes in on the rest of the pull.
    "...the burble of my exhaust unwound like a long cord behind me. Soon my speed snapped it, and I heard only the cry of the wind...." Larry of Arubia

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