Upgraded the brakes on my XR recently. I was always unhappy with the initial braking performance with the front and it always felt underpowered. I purchased some EBC brake pads from the dealer and installed them last week. First off replacing brake pads on this bike is ridiculously easy. 1 bolt and a retaining spring, maybe 5 minutes per side. The new pads are awesome, great initial bite when you squeeze the lever, and then good feel as you continue to brake. You can always tell what they are doing. I replaced the rear brake to match, nice improvement there as well, not as much difference in braking power but again the feel and feedback you get is really improved. They definitely made the bike feel more controlled and the reduction in stopping distance is a big safety advantage.