MXA TEAM TESTED: MOTO-MASTER FLAME BRAKE ROTORS
WHAT IS IT? A replacement rotor for your bike’s stock brakes with oversized kits is also available.
WHAT’S IT COST? $109.00 (stock diameter), $269.95 (oversized rotor/bracket kit).
CONTACT? www.moto-masterusa.com or (800) 749-2890.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Moto-Master’s replacement KTM rotors.
(1) Company. Moto-Master is a Netherlands-based brake company. It stocks a complete range of brake kits, rotors and oversized brake applications. MXA has tested Moto-Master’s oversized rotors on almost every brand of Japanese motocross bike with great success, but with KTM, Kawasaki and Honda going oversized for 2015 (although KTM has been oversized for years), we looked to Moto-Master for our undersized and underpowered Yamaha and Suzuki brakes.
(2) Flame. The Moto-Master Flame rotor looks like the buzz saw from the Perils of Pauline. The aggressive shape isn’t just for looks, though. It helps dissipate heat to keep the rotor from warping over the long haul.
(3) Installation. The Moto-Master rotors installed directly to the stock hubs with no hassle. The only special measure we took was to use new brake-rotor bolts. When mounting the rotor, use a medium-duty Loc-Tite on the rotor bolts.
(4) Rotor prep. We wash all-new brake rotors with soap and water to get rid of any residual contaminants. We prefer not to use contact cleaner, but it will do in a pinch.
(5) Break-in. Since brake pads work by mating their surface area to that of the rotor, it is best to install new brake pads at the same time that you mount new pads. We break in new pads and rotors by riding the bike in second gear across a flat field and then slamming the brakes on hard. We do this 10 times (with 30 seconds between braking to allow the brakes to cool). Do not break in the brakes and rotors by dragging them.
(6) Performance. The hardened stainless steel Flame rotors are laser-cut, CNC-drilled and surface-machined to provide almost perfect flatness. That is the key to solid braking. Once our Flame rotors were broken in (and the pads seated to them), the stopping power was impressive. And because new rotors are still at maximum thickness, they make the brake feel better at the lever. This is a night-and-day mod for 2015 Yamahas and Suzukis.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints.