I need to replace the front and rear brake pads on my Yamaha Raider. The videos I watched on the process make it look really simple but I have mechanical "limitations". I'm missing the "even a child can do this" gene. At any rate, while researching the types of pads available I realized I need some help in choosing. Also if I bring the bike in to have them done, what seems like a reasonable price?
Sintered brake pads appear to be a common choice but they give a lot of wear and tear to your rotors, and "if your bike isn’t made to be used with sintered pads, you should 100% not use them".
Organic brake pads are softer than sintered brake pads which make them create more brake dust and not last as long. They offer little wear and tear on your rotors and provide smooth and controlled braking.
Kevlar organic brake pads mix Kevlar into the combination of glass and rubber to create a superior, durable brake pad with impressive performance. Kevlar also increases the life span of the pads and improves braking power.
Carbon organic pads offers the benefits of lower heat generation. They don’t last as long as other brake pads, but are preferred in situations when your brake rotors get really hot.
Semi-Metallic brake pads are pads made with a small percentage of metallic elements and provide better braking and heat transfer. They also produced more dust and noise.
Semi-sintered brake pads are the best of both worlds. They provide a combination of longer life span with a modern feel and do not wear out your rotors.
Then there are EBC Double-H Superbike Pads™ Made from sintered copper alloy, these brake pads benefit from the highest friction HH rating for maximum stopping power. EBC Double-H Superbike pads™ are perfect braking under all riding conditions, be it wet, dry, hot or cold. Unique stainless steel radiator plates are fitted when required to reduce heat transfer into the hydraulics of the motorbike. The double segment vented design is totally unique and keeps the pads cooler and prevents pad drag and overheat or fade.