For a Bet­ter Brake Feel

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I love your mag­a­zine and, hon­estly, your ar­ti­cles are the most tech in­clined ar­ti­cles. They are highly in­for­ma­tive. I am writ­ing to­day be­cause I have a tech­ni­cal ques­tion re­gard­ing my bike. I own a KTM 390 Duke, which I bought re­cently. I am happy with the per­for­mance of the bike; how­ever, when it comes to brak­ing, I am not re­ally happy with the stock brakes. I want to know what I can do to im­prove the brake feel. Should I re­place the brakes or should I change the brake pads? Please ad­vise me.

Ahmed Shaikh, Bhopal

Thanks for your kind words. As for your ques­tion, we would say that chang­ing the calipers would be an ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion. How­ever, to get a bet­ter feel from the brakes you may first get the brakes checked for air. Some­times, there is some air trapped in the brake lines and also in the caliper which can af­fect brak­ing per­for­mance. We rec­om­mend that you get the brakes checked for air and if there is air in the sys­tem, get them bled by an ex­pert. If you still feel that brake feel is still not to your lik­ing, you may re­place the pads with ones that use a dif­fer­ent brake pad ma­te­rial. That should give a bet­ter feel. There are com­pa­nies like EBC who make brake pads that will fit your KTM 390 Duke. And they are eas­ily avail­able in In­dia.

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