When you’re riding a world-class motorcycle, it might feel as if nothing can stop you. That’s fine metaphorically, but you need to stay in control, too. Your motorcycle’s brake pads give you that control, and keeping your brakes in good condition is key to your safety and the safety of others.

You know you need to keep an eye on your brakes, but how can you tell if your brake pads need to be changed or looked at?

We’ve compiled the following list to help you determine if it’s time to bring your motorcycle in for brake service, but you should always consult a certified technician for the final word.

3 signs your motorcycle’s brake pads need replacing

How the brake pads look

The easiest way to tell if your brake pads need to be replaced is to have a technician check the wear groove indicator. If the groove is almost gone, or you can’t find one, it’s best to bring your bike in for service.

Not all motorcycles are equipped with a wear groove indicator, which could explain why you don’t see one during your initial check. If this is the case, a certified technician can use a micrometer to measure the amount of friction material that’s left.

If you choose to perform this check on your own, be sure to consult the owner’s manual.

How it feels when you brake

You might be able to feel your brake pads going bad. For example, if you notice the brake mechanism takes longer than normal to engage, this could be a sign of brake deterioration and will require immediate attention.

When you ride a premium motorcycle, you expect all parts to function properly. If something starts to feel different, don’t hesitate to bring it in for service.

What sounds your brakes make

Similar to knowing how your bike feels, you’re probably also in tune with the sounds that it makes. If you hear a squealing or squeaking noise when you engage the brakes, it could be a signal that it’s time for brake service.

Get expert motorcycle brake service at Garcia Moto in Raleigh, NC

Whether you own a Bimota, BMW, an Indian, Ducati, Motus, or KTM, Garcia Moto has the authorized service center that can help with whatever motorcycle repair or replacement you need.

As one of the main sellers of high-end motorcycles in the area, Garcia Moto understands the importance of keeping your vehicle running at its best. For timely, efficient service, schedule an appointment today or contact us with any questions or concerns.