When you press on the brake pedal or lever, hydraulic pressure, which is sent to the brake calipers located at the wheels, is created in the braking system. Typically, calipers have pistons that press against the metal backing of the system’s brake pads. It’s these pads that create friction which transforms kinetic energy to heat energy by clamping the spinning rotor. The result of this trajectory is a halt.
Now, brake fade refers to a temporary reduction (or complete loss) of a motorcycle’s braking system power. It occurs when the brake rotor and pad no longer generate enough friction needed to stop the bike at a normal deceleration rate. The end result of brake fade is often unexpected or inconsistent braking system behavior, which usually causes an increased stopping distance. Typically, brake fade is a temporary phenomenon as it occurs due to the overheating of brake pads. Once the pads cool down, your machine’s braking performance will be restored.
Preventing Brake Fade
Given that brake fade causes have to do with such things as equipment limitations, brake fluid failure, and your riding habits, the problem can easily be prevented. Responsible riding is one of the simplest preventative measures you can leverage to ensure your bike stays on top of its game. It gives the braking system ample time to dissipate heat. You don’t have to overuse the braking system of your bike.
Using the right brake fluid with the potential to handle high temperatures is another remedy for brake fade. Plus, you need to replace the fluid regularly. Avoid riding the brake pedal as it causes brake drag, which eventually leads to overheating. Let the engine do the bulk of the work.