Originally Posted by Trimar666
Are the HRC pads all they're cracked up to be?
I had the HRC pads on the CBR twice now. The first time I used them were for an endurance race and a few sprint races at Motegi. The long chutes between corners make it a high speed stop-and-go kinda track, so pads get put through their paces quickly.
The HRC pads are supposed to last a bit longer than your average set, but since I used them mostly at Motegi they seemed to have about average life. The feel is a gradual bite, meaning they actually felt a little soft to me upon the first lever pull but clamp down gradually harder as you progress into the braking zone.
In between the two HRC uses, I put on a set of ZCoo pads. For my style of braking they seemed to be a better match. I am very soft on the initial pull of the bake lever and like to have a good initial bite (to reassure me that they haven't faded) and I can modulate the bite with finger dexterity. I was EXTREMELY happy with the pads, but felt I might not be giving the HRC pads a fair compairison since I let them get a bit soft before changing them for the ZCoo's.
So to be fair and confirm that I wasn't going against all the advice I had gotten elsewhere, I put back on the HRC pads. After the first few full speed laps, I decided that I really liked a pad with a good initial bite like the ZCoo's. I ran the HRC pads to the end of their life (which was longer than the ZCoo's) but switched back to the ZCoo brand for that initial bite feeling.
Take it for what's it worth man, I'm no professional test rider or anything.