Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?


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Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby ka4yqi » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:04 pm



What kind have yall been using? what seems to do the best without eaten away at the rotors. I going to be replacing both front and one rear sets.


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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby st4r50 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:48 pm

OEM is what I always use. They last a reasonable amount of time and mother has developed them over many years to work well with the rotors that are installed. To me it's not worth skimping on brakes. Aftermarket only saves you about 10 bucks anyway.
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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby dingdong » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:05 am

+1 on OEM. Stay away from ceramic. Very bad for the rotors.
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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Dogsled » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:01 pm

I've always used EBC but after reading so much I thought of going to OEM next change. I have no idea as to what the difference will be though since I don't keep records or receipts of anything I buy. BUT, if you come to these forums and people who do keep records say OEM life is longer.....you gotta go with that.

For some reason, I never bothered to read a tech article on 'Brake pads' What could it tell you? I'd order my pads from Cyclemax and throw them on....it sure didn't seem like life span of the pads should be an issue. Well, I ground up a rear rotor and an extra 1000 miles (may have just prolonged the shock of a rotor $$$$$$) would have got me through another.........1000 miles.....

So here's what I came to think. Check your pads monthly. I left them chrome covers off my front end so I can check my pads and regularly look at my rear pads.

IF YOU DON'T LOOK.....with OEM or EBC you'll be dishing out big money for a cheap stamped out plate (AKA motorcycle rotor)

No matter what you run.....keep a close check on wear and don't hesitate to replace.
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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:30 pm

Dogsled wrote:I've always used EBC but after reading so much I thought of going to OEM next change. I have no idea as to what the difference will be though since I don't keep records or receipts of anything I buy. BUT, if you come to these forums and people who do keep records say OEM life is longer.....you gotta go with that.

For some reason, I never bothered to read a tech article on 'Brake pads' What could it tell you? I'd order my pads from Cyclemax and throw them on....it sure didn't seem like life span of the pads should be an issue. Well, I ground up a rear rotor and an extra 1000 miles (may have just prolonged the shock of a rotor $$$$$$) would have got me through another.........1000 miles.....

So here's what I came to think. Check your pads monthly. I left them chrome covers off my front end so I can check my pads and regularly look at my rear pads.

IF YOU DON'T LOOK.....with OEM or EBC you'll be dishing out big money for a cheap stamped out plate (AKA motorcycle rotor)

No matter what you run.....keep a close check on wear and don't hesitate to replace.


I've used EBC pads for a while, and I've got them on my GL1500 now, but with a little over 6,000 miles on them, I'm a bit alarmed at how fast they're wearing. I will go with OEM next time.

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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:17 pm

I replaced mine this spring with OEM pads. I was surprised that they were not much more $$ than the after market.
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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Ray Aube » Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:28 pm

WingAdmin,
Can the rear pads be checked visually or do you have to disassemble? I can see the outside of the caliper but not the inside. Also, my back rotor is quite scored and makes noise when I apply the brake pedal; the scraping noise started after driving over new microsurfacing pavement the other day.

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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Big Bob » Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:51 pm

Interesting Ray, I too have a very occasional strange noise from my rear brakes, not all the time just occasionally. Almost a dry rubbing sound and right as I come to a stop. Other than that I ran EBC's once and did not like the noise they made so back to and nothing but stock pads for me!!
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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Curley1958 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:34 am

Just replaced all pads with OEM's. Fronts were ok still had some wear left but rears inner pad was worn to plate. I too felt the rears and hear a slight noise. Maybe your inner pad is worn to plate. Check it out before you damage rotor.

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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:25 am

Curley1958 wrote:Just replaced all pads with OEM's. Fronts were ok still had some wear left but rears inner pad was worn to plate. I too felt the rears and hear a slight noise. Maybe your inner pad is worn to plate. Check it out before you damage rotor.


If only the inner pad is worn, then the caliper needs to be pulled off the bracket and the sliding pins cleaned and re-lubricated. When the sliding pins bind up, they don't allow the caliper to slide in and out to account for pad wear, and the end result is one pad wears much faster than the other.

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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Curley1958 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:41 am

Yes that what was done. Just info for the noise from rear brakes posts.

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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Curley1958 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:42 am

Both were worn but inner was worn down to plate. Outter had less than an 1/8" left.

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Re: Brake pads for the gl1500 SE?

Postby Ray Aube » Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:53 am

Thanks. I'll take it apart and have a close look.




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