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post #1 of 6 Old Jun 7th, 2014, 5:44 pm Thread Starter
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What is the best brakes for an 05 K1200LT

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I am thinking that I maybe needing brakes on my 05 K1200LT. I do not know what would be the best pads for this bike. I have put about 6 k on it since I got it. I was not sure if they have been replaced. It has 32k on it right now. Can you give me some advice on this?

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Re: What is the best brakes for an 05 K1200LT

The stock front are sintered pads and the rears are organic. EBC, Carbon Lorraine make some good pads as well. I still have the original fronts in 05 LT @87 K but I have been through three sets of rears and two rotors.

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Re: What is the best brakes for an 05 K1200LT

I have had the best wear from using BMW pads front and rear.

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Re: What is the best brakes for an 05 K1200LT

Beemerboneyard only sells one brand, Carbon Lorraine (sp?) for my 2001. I haven't installed them yet, but I expect them to be close to stock and perfectly fine.
Then again, you probably can't go wrong with OEM.
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Re: What is the best brakes for an 05 K1200LT

I favor EBC Double HH Sinistered for heavy bikes like the LT and my previous 1600 Vulcan Classic.
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Re: What is the best brakes for an 05 K1200LT

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I favor EBC Double HH Sinistered for heavy bikes like the LT and my previous 1600 Vulcan Classic.
I would never use sinister brake pads on my LT.

As JZ said, sintered for the front and organic for the rear. My experience is counter to either JZ or Saddleman, but I had bad experience with BBY sourced Carbone Lorraine pads on the rear of my 07. The stock pads are still going strong on the front at 58,000 miles. My OEM rears lasted 27,000. The disk was in great shape. I bought the BBY pads not catching that they were full sintered pads. They also lasted 27,000 miles. The difference is they scored the disk badly and wore it to near the thickness limit. This is the only time BBY has sold me a part that is incorrect for the application.

I replaced the rotor with the EBC unit and used the recommended semi sintered pads they sell. I forgot the designation, but their rotor documentation spells it out clearly. Use of a full sintered pad will void the EBC warranty. Their documentation tells you why. The LT rear disk is thicker than standard due to the weight of the bike. Apparently, this requires using a different material source which isn't available hear treated to the same hardness as the thinner material used on other bikes and the front of the LT. This softer material will not withstand full sintered pads.

So, my opinion is to use whatever sintered pad you want for the front, but use organic for the rear with the stock rotor and organic or EBC's compatible semi sintered for the rear if you use an EBC replacement rear rotor.

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