Top Motorcycle Brake System Upgrades

The best ways to maintain and improve your crucial stopping system.

Brakes are one of the most crucial components on your motorcycle. Don’t cut corners with your maintenance and upgrades in this key area. Check out these tips.
Brakes are one of the most crucial components on your motorcycle. Don’t cut corners with your maintenance and upgrades in this key area. Check out these tips.Fotografierende from Pexels

Upgrading your bike’s braking system doesn’t have to be a pain in the rear, and it doesn’t have to be boring either. Swapping in new brake components may be just another maintenance headache for some, but it’s one of your motorcycle’s most important systems. To help you get your braking system performing and looking better, we’ve gathered some necessary items for regular maintenance as well as quality aftermarket products to consider before bringing your bike in for service. The best part is lots of these maintenance/modification wares are easy to install.

ITEQ Brake Fluid Liquid Tester Pen

ITEQ Brake Fluid Liquid Tester Pen
Stop using foul fluid.Amazon

There's no excuse not to keep a pen-sized tool handy, especially if it can keep your braking system performing and stopping as best as it can. The ITEQ brake fluid tester pen quickly tests brake fluid to let you know right away if the fluid is in good enough shape to stay in your system or if it needs to be changed right away.

You simply turn on the pen and dip the test probes on the end into the brake fluid. LED lights on the pen will then indicate the percentage of water in the brake fluid. The specific light that illuminates lets you know almost instantly if the percentage of water is low enough to leave the fluid as it is, or signal the need to change it out with fresh fluid for optimum performance.

Russell Speed Bleeder

Brake maintenance gets quicker or easier.
Brake maintenance gets quicker or easier.Amazon

We all know what a pain it can be to bleed brake lines, but luckily there are simple, inexpensive tools to make the job easier than ever. Russell Speed Bleeders are the fastest way to get the task handled, are sold in pairs, and feature easy, one-man operation.

These Speed Bleeders are available for a large assortment of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and are compatible with popular aftermarket brake systems from Jay-Brake, Performance Machine, Arlen Ness, Chrome Specialties, and more.

EBC Complete Double-H Sintered Brake Pad Change Kit

EBC Complete Double-H Sintered Brake Pad Change Kit
Pad change kit in a box.Amazon

You should know right away when your bike is due for new brake pads. The squeaking, the squealing, the poor braking response—these are all common indicators that tell you it's time to sideline the bike for a quick brake job. To make the job easier, EBC offers a complete brake pad kit to replace worn pads in both front and rear calipers.

Included in this package are high-performance Double-H sintered brake pads that are known as the flagship of EBC’s pad lineup. These components are some of the best in the game, and are manufactured in the US at a state-of-the-art sintering plant in Ohio. Whether you’re riding in dry or wet climates, these pads will help your cruiser stop on a dime every time.

Tarazon Front Brake Rotors

A great alternative for braking system upgrades.
A great alternative for braking system upgrades.Amazon

Maybe you want to change up the look of your factory front rotors or just want to upgrade to a set that offers better performance. Whatever you're wanting to accomplish, this front rotor replacement kit from Tarazon will take care of it.

The high-quality stainless steel rotors will deliver durable braking power, offer ideal heat dissipation, and feature a hardness rating that will guarantee reliable slowing and stopping over the long run. The attractive spoke design also adds to the visual appeal of the front end and can better complement a smooth aftermarket front wheel.

Orange Cycle Front Master Cylinder Rebuild Kit

Orange Cycle Front Master Cylinder Rebuild Kit
You don’t always have to buy new.Amazon

Designed for '96–'17 Harley-Davidson dual disc models, Orange Cycle's front master cylinder rebuild kit comes in at under $20, and includes everything you need for the job ahead.

You don’t have to worry about having to fork over cash for an OE replacement unit, or throwing money away on an inferior aftermarket master cylinder either. With Orange Cycle’s rebuild kit, you’ll be able to properly maintain your factory master cylinder, and have it performing better than ever in no time!

Kuryakyn Boss Blade Brake And Clutch Trigger Levers

Kuryakyn Boss Blade Brake And Clutch Trigger Levers
Stopping power in the palm of your hand.Amazon

Now that your bike's braking system has been properly upgraded and tuned up, treat yourself to this Boss Blade brake and clutch lever kit from Kuryakyn. This is a direct replacement of the stock levers with a cable-operated clutch on many Harley-Davidson models.

These super-slick levers feature a wide, deeply dished design, and offer more surface area for easy engagement and full range of motion. The cast-aluminum material has been coated with a gloss black finish for a classy/classic appearance that will work with any style bike.