Galfer Floatech brake discs and G1310 Racing pads…
WHEN it comes to increasing the performance of your bike, the first thing most people do is try to increase the power of the machine. And this despite the fact that top sport bikes and super naked are already powerful enough.
One of the cheapest and fastest ways to improve your lap times is to improve the braking performance and stability of your bike when you slow down. This is where Galfer comes in, as the Spanish/Italian (Spantalian?!) have been manufacturing friction materials since the early 1950s, and their latest products have been specifically honed in the top motorcycle racing championships of the planet.
We’re officially here to test two things, Galfer’s new Floatech brake rotors and their G1310 racing brake pads. We’ve got a selection of sport bikes and super bares at our disposal, and the incredibly brutal Parcmotor circuit near Barcelona to play on.
Sessions 1 & 2 | Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja | Galfer G1310 Buffers | Galfer floating discs
For the first few sessions on this brand new circuit (for me) I hopped on the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja. Its fairly smooth delivery and easy riding style made it the perfect bike to ride when I learned to know the Parcmotor circuit of 4.1 miles. And speaking of the track, what a place! Huge elevation changes, motocross level bumps that make you rodeo on your bike and a moonscape to enjoy between sessions – stick it on the to-do list if you love European track days ! It’s not the first place that comes to mind when you think of the tracks around Barcelona – but in hindsight it was a great place to test out the latest kit Galfer had to offer.
The last time I rode the 2022 ZX-10R was the slightly less sunny and scenic press test at Bedford Speedway in April 2021, where I was impressed with the suspension adjustments made by Kawasaki for the new model. It dives more than the previous generation, allowing you to work the front tire into the track surface. Impressive feel aside, there was still some brake fade at the end of the sessions, with a spongy front brake showing up afterward towards the end of the afternoon sessions. I was eager to see if the G1310s and road and track discs could help make sure of that.
Driving down the pit lane, I settled into the first session, letting the fast guys and locals disappear so I could have some quiet track time and a chance to learn the layout. After about four laps in the scorching heat, it became apparent that I needed to totally recalibrate my braking points for just about every corner. I was getting on the anchors way too early, eliminating too much straight line speed and not carrying the braking event into the turn like you should. The pads are noticeably more powerful than stock, with a nice, progressive lever feel and not too strong initial bite – something that surprised me considering this is a “racing” product. “. It also became clear that the slight brake fade and slack lever I experienced late on launch was completely resolved.
The sintered compound of the Galfer G1310 has been designed to provide more consistent braking at the highest level. They have been track tested as in Moto2, Moto3, World Superbike, Superstock 1000 and Supersport 600. Now I am in no way trying to claim the ability of the riders who helped develop these pads – quite the opposite in did, although even IMHO they did significantly improve the stopping power and smoothness of the ZX-10R.
For more information on the new G1310 racing brake pads, visit: galfer.eu
Sessions 2 & 4 | Yamaha RM – Superstock 1000 Race Bike | Galfer G1310 pads and Floatech rotors
For my last two track sessions, I punted on a Superstock 1000 race bike prepared by the Spanish national endurance team SMT. There was more to the decision than just ticking the box “I rode a racing bike on the track” box, the R1’s brakes caught my eye at the press launch in 2019, and not for the right reasons. Of all the sportbikes 1000cc and above, the R1 and R1M have the worst brakes of the bunch. It’s also pretty much the only bike in the pack that doesn’t use Brembo calipers, opting instead for Advics—a relative unknown in the motorcycle realm.
On the road and track, the R1’s brakes have a wooden feel at the lever, no initial bite, and inspire very little confidence. And when the rest of the competition is shod with the best brakes in the industry, that’s a big deal. To see if the situation could be improved with cost-effective upgrades and some elbow grease, I climbed aboard the R1 which was shod with Galfer’s G1310 racing pads and new Floatech rotors. And before you say ‘that’s not a fair comparison – racing bike vs road bike’, the rules of this Spanish championship are very strict, only the internal components of the fork and the changes of exhaust and air filter being authorized. The motor and electronics are all stock from there.
The first few laps were still a learning curve, it had been a while since I had ridden a bike equipped with race gears, so it took me a few laps to find a rhythm. Once I get a little more in the zone, I start to feel the bike’s brakes. The lever feel is still not as progressive and inviting as on some of the Brembo-equipped bikes in the class, but the wooden feel of the stock bike is all but eliminated. There’s also a lot more initial bite than on any R1 or R1M I’ve ridden in the past, although still not to the point that riding on the Parcmotor track became cumbersome or clunky. In total, I managed about 20 laps over the two sessions, on a track with lots of heavy braking zones and significant bumps, all in scorching 35 degrees. Meanwhile, the R1 brakes have been significantly upgraded with the upgraded kit from Galfer engineers working flawlessly. Not only have they dramatically improved the feel and performance of what I believe to be one of the weakest braking systems on a modern sportbike, they have also proven their worth in some of the most extreme temperatures in which I have never driven a motorcycle.
Galfer Floatech JCW1 motorcycle gear
DF070JCW1G03: HONDA CBR600 RR’21
DF134JCW160G03: HONDA CBR 1000 RRR 2020
DF190JCW1G03: KAWASAKI ZX10R 08-15
DF358JCW1G03 : SUZUKI GSX R600/750 2021
DF358JCW160G03: SUZUKI GSX R1000 09-15
DF475JCW1G03: YAMAHA R1/6
DF475JCW160G03: YAMAHA R1/6
DF755JCW1G03: BMW S 1000 RR 09-18
DF774JCW1G03 : DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R 2019
DF830JCW1G03 : MV AUGUSTA F3 675 RS 2021
DF880JCW1G03 : DUCATI PANIGALE V2 2017
DF906JCW1G03: TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675
For more information on Floatech brake rotors visit: galfer.eu