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Now that owners have been riding Yamaha’s new SCR950 for a while, it’s about time for the mod bug to bite if it hasn’t already. Already, we’ve seen some inventive Diy mods including a repurposed thermos lid instrument back cover and Dzus fasteners for under seat access. But what about the SCR950 brakes?

Sure the 298mm front and rear wave rotor brakes are satisfactory and the initial bite is good. Even the floating-mount feature was well thought out for greater heat-distortion resistance. But there is room for brake feedback improvements.

Perhaps Brembo may be of some assistance? An Italian manufacturer of brake systems, Brembo is well known for their high-performance cars and motorcycle brakes. Currently they don’t seem to have any SCR950 specific products, but their 484 Cafe Racer brake calipers may be an option.

Designed for both customs and Café Racers, the 484 caliper is CNC machined out of racing aluminium and each one has four large 32mm pistons for even more stopping power. Completing the package is a charcoal grey black anodized finish and a hand painted Brembo “b” logo.

Of course like all Brembo performance products this won’t come cheap. Maybe there are more affordable options out there that everyone would like to share. Or perhaps the 484 calipers have captured your interest?
 

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I'm swapping out the brake pads for some EBC metallics eventually.
Might not be a huge difference, but it's cost effective and easy.
I've had good service out of them on a KLR650, DL1000, XTZ12, etc...
 

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I won't really be thinking of changing anything on the brakes until nearing the time of changing them. Even at that, aftermarket pads should suffice for a bit more bite I would think.
 

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I won't really be thinking of changing anything on the brakes until nearing the time of changing them. Even at that, aftermarket pads should suffice for a bit more bite I would think.
That's the best way to go about it, I find that people are too quick to change part especially when they don't ride any different than the average person. Best to ride it out for the first 3-6 months consistently and go from that point on, even longer. Of course that depends on how much riding you get done during that timeframe.
 

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Brands like Brembo do produce amazing products, but holy cow are they expensive. When the time comes to change out the brakes, EBC is an option and maybe even Galfer. Don't think they're as hard on the rotors as EBC but the stopping power is generally similar.
 

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I'm just too cheap to change out a perfectly good set of stock brakes for something else until I need to. :grin2: But when the time comes, I probably won't go with Brembo as there are some pretty nice and affordable ones out there.
 

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They aren't going to be for everyone and in this segment of bike I often see a lot of long-term owners, so that being the case there's a greater chance people here will get them, more so than lower segments. Rarely do I see people getting a bike like this then soon after moving on. Playing that long term game justify those high price mods.
 
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