Where to start.....
I Want more braking power. I go as fast as I possibly can in the fast sections, and stay on the gas as long and as hard as I can. Late braking is crucial for passing, overtaking and blocking in turns. The harder and later I can brake the better. This goes for any section of the track.
Well I hope youre stuff is tight or it won't work. I already have direct thread superbike lines. I have race pads. Need more pressure through the lines to the clampers. thats where the master cyclinder comes in.
If the brakes start feeling soft it means that you have either A) Boiled the brake fluid or B) You have air in the lines and the heat and pressure has made the lever mushy. Either one will cause brake fade, which can be quite dangerous while braking for a turn after just doing 160 down the front staright at VIR.
Braking for auto racing is vastly different than motorcycle racing. You are dealing with forces in a different way. There is no trail braking in auto racing and you are moving 1800 lbs (or more) versus 250-450 lbs of machinery. Smooth entry and exit go without saying but if you rely on engine braking you will be at the back of the pack.
Mladin's words when asked by someone on how to get around daytona the fastest, he said, Less Brake, More gas.
While of course staying on the gas all the time, or hardly touching the brakes is best, you can't deny the fact that you need excellent brakes when competing. Mladin still sports radial mount mono-block calipers on his superbike. Look at the 125 GP bikes. Same deal with Ohlins superbike gas charged 8K$ forks. When you need brakes you want to have them there to stop you like a brick wall if you need them to. And in some cases, especially those of safety, good brakes can be a matter of crashing, getting involved in a crash going on in front of you or avoiding a bad situation.
Save money for tires. I would like to but I burn through tires faster than I can actually save for them. Thank god for contingency. It doesnt offset the entire cost but every 5 races or so I get enough for a set, granted I win or take a podim spot.
Originally Posted by drmikegallant
Stockers will easily endo the bike at any speed. If you want more braking power, I'm confused.
The best suggestion is to tighten up the stuff you have. New lines, performance pads (do they exist?)... ceramic pads would eliminate a lot of extra heat if they make them.
If the brakes ever start feeling soft, then you know that you could use new ones.
Finally, I do have some race experience, just not on a bike. But this will all apply...
the correct braking technique you use when racing should have you barely using the brakes at all. Engine braking, smooth shifting, and smooth entry and exit from turn are all you need.
Oh... and I forgot who said it, but seriously... save your money for tires.