The promise of ceramic brakes, including dramatically reduced weight, coupled with increased stopping power and heat dissipation, has been around for more than a decade. The reduction in rotating, unsprung mass (how about 4 pounds … 2 pounds per rotor in the front wheel) alone would make a dramatic improvement in handling and suspension performance.
The promise is still there, but ceramic rotors remain extremely expensive and unavailable on OEM machines. Brake Tech, for example, offers these as an aftermarket replacement for OEM discs.
We call on the knowledgeable readers of MD to chime in here, including some of the engineers who read this site. What will it take for ceramic brake discs to become commonplace on production motorcycles?