1983 GL1100 Aspencade brake rotors


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1983 GL1100 Aspencade brake rotors

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What material are the brake rotors made out of? I'm trying to decide on if I want to go full sintered or semi-sintered pads.
I currently have organic pads on there and they just don't have enough grab (bite), even with a nice firm lever and pedal. But understanding that the Aspencade's front rotors are not cheap to replace, I need to make a decision between rotor ware and stopping distance.


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Re: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade brake rotors

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crazzy450z wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:13 am What material are the brake rotors made out of? I'm trying to decide on if I want to go full sintered or semi-sintered pads.
I currently have organic pads on there and they just don't have enough grab (bite), even with a nice firm lever and pedal. But understanding that the Aspencade's front rotors are not cheap to replace, I need to make a decision between rotor ware and stopping distance.
The rotors are made of very hard, high-carbon steel. They are expensive, and designed to be extremely resistant to wear, unlike conventional automotive rotors. Typically for motorcycles, you want the pads to wear, not the rotors.

Conventional automotive brake rotor lathes will not surface motorcycle rotors, as they are too hard. That's why motorcycle rotors are rarely turned.
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