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I have read the great article on rc51.org about brake pads.

I am looking for a good all around street use pad that will give some good solid performance, but also looking for decent life on the pad too.

The Carbone Lorraine C59's on Kyle Racing look like good race pads and from what I have read are at the top of the list.

Would the XBK5's be great for the street? Life on each (XBK5 & C59's)?

I use my bike as a commuter and weekend recreational bike, nothing on the local track just yet. Any suggestions would be most helpful.

Finally, how hard is it to swap out and install new pads?

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I just put on a set of Galfer G1370 compound pads.

http://www.galferusa.com/brake-pads-...g-motorcycles/

Its the first set of pads I have put on the RC but have used them on my 1KRR before and they performed really well.



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The OEM pads work very well too. I have been using OEM pads and I only ride on the track

Just acquired a rare set of HRC pads and will be testing them out in July

As for changing the pads...very simple process. If you haven't already done so...download the service manual. Changing pads only takes a few minutes.

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XBK5's here. Awesome bite and stopping power. Ceramic coated even on the backside of the pad helps with heat.

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XBK5's here. Awesome bite and stopping power. Ceramic coated even on the backside of the pad helps with heat.
How are the life of these vs say an OEM pad?
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I couldn't tell you. I still have them with about 70% of the pad material left on them.
I bought a set of Galfer discs and pads about 2 years ago and installed them as a set per Galfer Warranty. When the Galfer pads are done, I'll put the CL's back on.
They worked a little better than my worn out OEM pads on the OEM discs. Better initial bite is what I noticed.

The Galfers are working just fine for me. No complaints, but most guys who ride serious track days seem to not like them all that much.

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