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View Results: Would you buy a $700 bitchin brake , turn-key, kit for your KLR?
Are you kidding? WAY too expensive! 15 62.50%
Expensive, but I like the turn key awesome brake idea. 6 25.00%
Fuck it, I'll try and do it myself 3 12.50%
Where do I sign 1 4.17%
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Old 02-20-2015, 02:12 PM   #1
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Question for KLR (Gen1) owners

A friend has a successful company doing niche market, high-end brakes. We were talking the other day and told me of his new kit for super motard racers that includes either high grade stainless or cast iron rotors (your choice), bracket and billet four pot calipers that rival the radial Brembos. Pads that come with it are organic compound, so easy on rotors. He asked if I would post a thread on this aimed at KLR owner"s interest as the caliper is compatible with the KLR's master cylinder and the caliper will clear the spokes on the KLR. He'll just need to produce a KLR bracket to make it work.
Oh, and all made in the U.S.

Downside:
Kit will be about $700.

Upsides:
More than enough brake for any conceivable KLR situation.
Turn key. Bolt on, bleed, ride.

Of course I told him that many KLR folks are cheap bastards, but, they all bitch about their shitty brakes. So, what's your level of interest?
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Old 02-20-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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I think you are right with the pricing not being attractive to KLR folks. Personally I wouldn't consider unless it was turnkey solution for around $200. Over on KLR650.net they have a thread going where guys have had good success with SV650 caliper.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:04 PM   #3
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Sounds great and I'd like better front braking power. One would hate to say 'that's too expensive for good braking power' but.... I wouldn't spend that much for it.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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The expense might be easily justified . . . for GP racers!

For KLR typical service spectrum? Doubt it.

The performance demands of the two applications vary greatly. In road racing, intense braking at incredible speeds is the norm for extended distances, vs. stop-and-go when the rider wants to on a typical KLR sortie.

Not to minimize the braking improvement available from the aftermarket kit, only--is the improvement's cost justified in comparison to stock, or lower-cost braking system modifications (e.g., larger-diameter rotors, etc.), given the expected service spectrum (e.g., touring) of the bike?

"The few, the proud" may care enough to go for the valuable modification; however, I'd be surprised if a large market exists for the product at the prevailing and fair price.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:06 PM   #5
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I had a KLR and understand the mindset. They will say:

"700 bucks! I could get 7 sets of pelican case side bags for that amount"

"i don't need more brakes, I just put used tire tread cut offs on my shoes and do a Barney Rubble"

"That's a third what I paid for my bike"

"does that include a doo-hickey?"

great Idea, wrong market...
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:47 PM   #6
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I'd spend 700 on a 6 speed transmission in a heartbeat. the brakes aren't that bad if you know how to set them up
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:39 AM   #7
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the price point for KLR folk is more along the lines of what they're already doing, Just a bracket to remount the stock caliper on a larger diameter EBC disc.
Even the XR guys are more concerned about performance than we are.
Grinder left out "we like our brakes *anti-lock* the way they are"
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:08 AM   #8
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I put an EBC rotor on mine but the best bang for the buck was the SS Braided line up front. 700bucks for an upgrade is too steep for this cheap bastard.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:02 AM   #9
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As soon as you put those brake components on a KLR, it'll overwhelm the fork.

Stainless steel lines and EBC pads on mine. The stopping power may be modest, but it works in the relaxed traffic of Maine, Alaska, and the country roads in between. May be weak in heavy urban traffic. Did I want to take the KLR into urban traffic?
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:45 AM   #10
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The expense might be easily justified . . . for GP racers!

For KLR typical service spectrum? Doubt it.

The performance demands of the two applications vary greatly. In road racing, intense braking at incredible speeds is the norm for extended distances, vs. stop-and-go when the rider wants to on a typical KLR sortie.

Not to minimize the braking improvement available from the aftermarket kit, only--is the improvement's cost justified in comparison to stock, or lower-cost braking system modifications (e.g., larger-diameter rotors, etc.), given the expected service spectrum (e.g., touring) of the bike?

"The few, the proud" may care enough to go for the valuable modification; however, I'd be surprised if a large market exists for the product at the prevailing and fair price.

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Old 02-21-2015, 10:45 AM   #11
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I'd spend 700 on a 6 speed transmission in a heartbeat. the brakes aren't that bad if you know how to set them up
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:52 AM   #12
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I got the 320mm EBC rotor and SS brake lines. The cost was wayyyyy less than $700 and it is already more brake than the forks and front tire can handle.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:17 PM   #13
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Thanks for the responses everyone. My friend took the hint and won't be pursuing the KLR kit, for now anyway.

For myself, I just bought a late model SV650 left caliper from E@&# for $40. delivered, and I'll be mounting that up soon. I already have a 320mm rotor on the bike and Galfer pads.

I respectfully disagree with any who have written that the stock brake, or the 320 rotor alone is adequate or more than adequate for this bike. That just isn't my experience.

The thread on KLR.net about using two piston calipers is very encouraging.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:18 PM   #14
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For myself, I just bought a late model SV650 left caliper from E@&# for $40. delivered, and I'll be mounting that up soon. I already have a 320mm rotor on the bike and Galfer pads.

I respectfully disagree with any who have written that the stock brake, or the 320 rotor alone is adequate or more than adequate for this bike. That just isn't my experience.

The thread on KLR.net about using two piston calipers is very encouraging.
Could you measure and post some comparative data, kconville? For example, stopping distance at 60 mph with oversize (320 mm) rotor and Galfer pads with stock caliper, and again with the SV650 dual-piston caliper?
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:37 AM   #15
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Could you measure and post some comparative data, kconville? For example, stopping distance at 60 mph with oversize (320 mm) rotor and Galfer pads with stock caliper, and again with the SV650 dual-piston caliper?
Interested in this result as well. I have the 320mm rotor, but may want to consider the caliper upgrade as well, provided someone has the brackets available.
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