How to Replace Motorcycle Brake Pads

black Motorcycle
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Needle-nose pliers
New brake pads
Torque wrench
Lever block
Working gloves and protective overalls

The advantages of carrying out regular inspections on motorcycle brake pads is that they last for a long duration without the need for buying new ones. It also helps the bike perform better while stopping or braking. Constant maintenance and serving the brake pad unit might include fluid bleeding, pad inspection and making replacement of the pad if it is worn out or torn.

Step 1 – Collect Necessary Tools and Materials

Buy new brake pads from a mechanic’s or garage store. Make sure to get the exact fit that works effectively with the motorcycle’s brand and model. It makes it easier for the bike to work efficiently once the brake pads have been replaced. Ride the bike to the store so as to have the store assistant recommend the best brake pad to use.

Other tools can be easily obtained from rentals such as garages.

Step 2 – Secure the Bike

Get a spacious and clean work area. Secure the bike in a safe position and put on protective clothing. It can be supported on a center stand. Make sure it is firm so as to avoid accidents or injury while carrying out the replacement. Leave the front wheel to rotate freely as this will be used while testing the brake pads.

Step 3 - Inspect the Components

Remove the fork legs to allow effective inspection of the components. Carefully remove bolts by applying pressure as they might be tightly fixed. Use hands to loosen them and place them on a safe place. Locate fixed calipers to move the retaining pins. Make clockwise movements until retaining clips are visible. Gently pull out the retaining clips using nose–clip pliers.

Be careful when removing retaining pins as well.

Step 4 – Locate the Pads

Retrieve calipers and remove the pads. Inspect for any tear or damages. If they are in bad shape, replace them with the new pieces.

Start by cleaning the compartment to get rid of excess grease, oil and debris that might have accumulated in the area. Aerosol brake cleaner can be used for cleaning. Gently put the brake pads in place and make sure it is secure in position.

Step 5 – Reinstall Other Pieces

Place back retaining pins and clips into position and make sure they are fastened into place. If this area is dirty, clean it as well. Place back the caliper in the fork leg. Use a torque wrench and apply some force. Release the lever block.

Replacing brake pads is a simple job that can be done at home. Make sure safety conditions are enforced at all times when carrying out motorcycle repairs.


For better performance consider switching to high-spec replacements brake pads

Brake fluid easily spoils or eats at the bikes paint job, watch out for spillages when carrying out repairs