Brake Pads

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Zero Motorcycles models use disc brakes with consumable brake pads applied by calipers to the rotors.

General Reading Material
Top 10 Questions About Motorcycle Brake Pads
Motorcycle Brake Pads & Rotors Explained, by Galfer USA
Sintered vs Organic Brake Pads
General Brake Pad Replacement Suggestions
  • 2013+ (Gen2, Gen3): Try to not use synthetics pads or "sintered", but organic or semi sintered ones.
    Sintered are better for very aggressive riding/braking, but are generally noisier.
  • 2012 and earlier (Gen1): Keep the sintered pads
    Brake pump is very weak on these models; you need all the braking power you can get in spite of noise.
Sand the pads.
Grease the back of the pads lightly with ceramic grease (copper grease can interfere with ABS sensors).
Check caliper position.
Check caliper springs, if any.
Check the wheel for trueness.
Sand the disk; it could have lightly crystalized.
Make sure all the bolts in the system (including wheel) are properly tightened.
After all of this has been preformed and before riding, clean everything exposed to dirt/grease with isopropyl alcohol
When riding again, try to not brake very aggressively the first 20-30 miles.