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Old 06-05-2008, 05:15 AM   #16
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That is why I went to Beemerboneyard.. For $ 91,= I got front and rear pads. I do have to say that the OEM pads are still not too bad after 49K miles on the od(d)ometer..
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:47 AM   #17
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+1 for beemerboneyard.

SO far, the rear Carbone Lorraine (sp?) pads on my GS, soon the rest.

Their filter kits are great, too. Got the oil and air filters and sparkplugs from them.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:10 AM   #18
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Just stikin' with the stock pads until the warranty expires.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:05 AM   #19
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+1 Beemerboneyard,

Just put rear carbone lorraine pads on my 1200 work great.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:09 PM   #20
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I used to run HH pads from SBC on my VTR1000f and i really liked them. I could see the benefit of running them on the GS. Rotor wear isn't really much of a factor as you tend to use less force when braking*. It also cleans the rotor better than stockers...overall better feel.

*NOTE: this applied to street riding...track riding is a different ball o wax.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:44 AM   #21
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Reviving this OLD thread as is having a great sale currently through 3/31/13 for Galfer pads. Buy the front(s) and get the rears free (with free shipping!)

PS-I'm not in any way affiliated with pashnit. Just got this good deal myself and wanted to share the love (bought the green fronts and black rear combo for my R1200GSA). $80 shipped for everything!
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:01 AM   #22
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Question Curious

Brake pad threads are a lot like oil threads.

I am curious to know what kind of mileage you all have gotten on your after market brake pads (EBC, Galfer, BeemerBoneyard, etc.) versus the OEM, front versus rear, etc.

Care to comment?
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:56 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Grok View Post
I intend trying the Carbone Lorraine pads from next time I need them.

A big part of the reason is I feel my local dealer is just a wee bit too proud of the stuff he sells.

Aftermarket pad characteristics and quality varies. I've had fitting problems with a set of EBC's in the past, but others have no trouble. I would give them a try again. Some other folks have used Ferodo and Galfer's too.

Try to find a thread on brake pad replacement and caliper servicing to save yourself a little grief. There may be something in the Hall of Wisdom.


I would caution against mixing brands or types front-to-back if the bike has brakes that are linked in any way, even partially. This would potentially screw up the proportioning of braking power if the brands/types had significantly different coefficients of friction.

I also would opt for the "normal" pads versus anything labeled as "agressive" or "HH" or "HHH". The more aggressive pads are unnecessary on a GS and tend to wear rotors faster.

Happy wrenching, and as always YMMV!
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:08 AM   #24
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your mileage may vary.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:14 AM   #25
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I stopped by Max BMW in New Hampshire last April to pick up a few things and rear brake pads were on my list. The fabulous parts babe there recommended aftermarket pads. She said that's what she used on her bikes because they were cheaper and better. Who was I to argue?
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