Do ABS brakes really work? A reprint of an article from MotorcycleConsumer News. I must admit that, like many experienced riders, I have a prejudice against ABS - I think I can stop a bike faster than a computer can. However, this article makes a pretty compelling case that in wet or sandy conditions, I'm just wrong. Thanks to Sam Ulbing for this link.
Brake pads come in a few formulations. Generally, sintered pads will give you better performance at a higher price. Some companies make different formulations of pads for the front and rear. Some sintered pads offer greatly increased braking performance at the price of much grabbier and more sensitive brakes - the EBC pads I put on my ST1300 really stop the bike, but in the winter I find myself locking up the wheels a couple times a month in poor road conditions. I don't have ABS, note my prejudice.
Braided steel brake lines are popular with many people. The braided steel is there only for protection from heat and impact - it adds nothing to the braking performance. However, the hydraulic lines inside the braided steel are of higher quality than the factory parts, and typically offer better braking feel.
Caution: DOT 3 and 4 brake fluid will strip paint. Be careful, don't drip, put a cover on the tank.
You can change out your passenger footpegs for floorboards, a change which will be much appreciated by many of your SOs.