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I was thinking the stockers are decent, but I always have changed out the pads on every bike I've owned.

It seems I almost always go with EBC HH pads, now I know there are prolly even better pads out there, but if it ain't broke..? The EBC's give me a sharp bite, which I enjoy.

What's your flavor?
 

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I was thinking the stockers are decent, but I always have changed out the pads on every bike I've owned.

It seems I almost always go with EBC HH pads, now I know there are prolly even better pads out there, but if it ain't broke..? The EBC's give me a sharp bite, which I enjoy.

What's your flavor?
Same as you. Had them on my last 3 bikes. They seem pretty kind to rotors too.
 

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I have Vesrah on my 1290GT and Multistrada, they last far longer than the standard Brembo's, but give better initial braking, so ill probably go down this route once the 790 needs them.
 

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I fitted EBC, EPFA244HH brake pads to the front brakes.
I did it day one of ownership, as I did not like the lack of initial ‘bite’ with the stock brake pads in the demo bike.
A worthy modification.
 

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Good thread. Great info.

Brakes are OK, as is, but I miss the initial bite. Seems like a pretty widespread complaint. EBC HH are always a safe bet. Used to go through a lot of Galfer HH on my CBR. I will wait to hear a bit more before replacing.
 
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I used to go SBS RS in previous bikes and very satisfied.
I'm thinking of them also for the Duke to get some initial bite, but I wonder if SBS DC might be the way to go this time.
DC is not performing as well when cold, but not horrible. Still I wonder if it's inappropriate for a mostly relaxed road use.
 

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I fitted EBC, EPFA244HH brake pads to the front brakes.
I did it day one of ownership, as I did not like the lack of initial ‘bite’ with the stock brake pads in the demo bike.
A worthy modification.
I/m about to replace my oem pads with the EBC pads - in chatting with my tech friend he said he didn't think the pad change would make any difference in the "mushy" feel of the brake lever - I have no gripe on the oem brakes
but would prefer a bigger initial bite - from anyones experience is that the case ? thanks
 

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I installed SBS track and street pads. Awesome pads great initial bite and powerful braking. Amazing what the pads did for the brakes. Lever feel is much better an d true 2 finger braking! The cost was $45 per side part number 706 RS.
 

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Fitted the EBC FA244HH. Same as installed on Evans' bike and not the EPFA. Did not ride it yet. Will do tomorrow and report back.

BTW, one interesting thing I saw when pulling the old (practically new) original pads out: they say SBS 24HH Sintered. So it is not a junk pad to begin with. Looking forward to wee what the EBC will feel like.
 

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Had EBC HH on my Buell XB12R, and liked them a lot. I'll go the same way when the 790 needs new pads. For now, quite happy with the stockers.
 

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OK. I owe all y'all (my favorite NC expression) a review of the new pads. EBC FA244HH, as recommended by others here.

Let me say that different pads are probably the best sub $100 you will make in this bike. I can't think of anything that will cost so little and make such a difference.

Rode a 80 mile loop early this morning, with the roads relatively empty. I had a chance to test the brakes on my usual route, as well as practice some spirited emergency braking exercises from (up to) 70 to 30 mph.

1. Initial bite, which is completely missing from the stockers, is strong and manageable.
2. Brake feel is very consistent, from initial bite to complete stop. Very easy to modulate and helps with trail braking.
3. Lever effort and lever travel to achieve desirable stopping power are significantly reduced(!) Made me go back to two fingers on the lever, immediately.
4. Prior to changing the pads, I thought I might have to bleed the system due to front end mushiness but it seems that it had more to do with the brake feel and lever force and travel that I needed to apply in order to make the bike stop. The pads changed that completely.

Any doubt I had regarding the front braking system components (M/C, lines, calipers and discs) is gone, now that the feeling I was looking for is there. I completely understand that M/C, caliper or disk replacement will result in more/better braking, but I am not sure it is necessary for my street riding. Track experience might prove different.

Of course, there are other pads out there (SBS, Galfer, EBC EPFA, etc.). The stopping power and feel offered by the EBC FA244HH is perfect for my street riding and desirable brake feel.

I would encourage anyone who does not like the original braking feel and performance of the 790 to (at least) start with pad replacement. It might be enough to get it where it needs to be without spending hundreds (of your favorite currency), if not more, on more elaborate and engaged system changes.
 

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I changed my front brake pads Day one of ownership, after my experience of the test ride on the demo bike. (EPFA244HH Pads). They did make a difference for a while.
However now having done about 6 k miles the front brakes are now like sponge bobs brother and I am of the opinion they need some proper hardware changes. You should not need to bleed your brakes every six months. So a new Brembo RCS 19 brake reservoir will be replacing the standard and that Will make a difference, and some give consistent braking to match the performance of the bike.
I cannot tolerate the standard iffy brakes any more.
 

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So a new Brembo RCS 19 brake reservoir will be replacing the standard and that Will make a difference.
Great choice! I couldn't see doing any better than that Brembo master. :smile:
 

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Thanks 790 forum dudes and dudettes - after reading all this info I'm gonna spend the extra cash and splurge on the EPFA 244's from EBC - I'll likely do a couple Track Days next year so the extra performance will come in handy I'm sure.
 

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Thanks 790 forum dudes and dudettes - after reading all this info I'm gonna spend the extra cash and splurge on the EPFA 244's from EBC - I'll likely do a couple Track Days next year so the extra performance will come in handy I'm sure.
I've not heard anyone complain about any brand of HH pads, (when compared to stock). :smile_big: What have you used previously?
 

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I've not heard anyone complain about any brand of HH pads, (when compared to stock). :smile_big: What have you used previously?
Street bikes I've always left stock (until now) or replaced with basic EBC HH's but on my race bikes I ran Vesrah SRJL's - mainly because they were available for sale trackside by a vendor and of course they were awesome pads for a reasonable price.

I heard from a few friends who still race that the EPFA's aren't quite as immediate in their bite as the top spec race pads are but overall offer similar performance with a better lever feel - that works for me! Only tradeoff is they need a tad bit of heat to get up to proper working temps versus crappy oem pads - I can handle that.
 
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