did front brakes change from 74 to 75 in any way?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by mfp4073, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    On the subject of ATE brakes, I had somewhat seriously considered pitching it and replacing it with a Grimeca four leading shoe unit. Looks way cool, unlike the ATE.
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  2. Horsehockey

    Horsehockey A GPS? Huh?

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    I've got the single disk with undertank m/c. With the assistance of an adrenaline infusion from a potential crash, both rear drum and front disk can be locked up securely in a braking action. DAMHIKT. If you're driving the equivalent of a John Deere, you don't need power-assisted ABS brakes. Look well ahead.
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  3. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    And, to sprinkle some holy-water onto the fire, these work well and are generally trouble-free... :D

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  4. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I am in the process of making my Ate system a dual set up. I have mounted the required fork leg, rebuilt front end this past winter. So I have the fork leg and have the eccentric pin in place to protect the bushing. I will probably try some calipers, I have a couple, various sizes. Won't worry about it till I get some kind of a line splitter or rebuild the dual system MC. I might have that fork leg in place for a couple of years till I get all this stuff together.

    I also have a set of the purple calipers for this but they aren't my best set. But I think I'll use them anyway.

    Who says the Ate system doesn't look cool? I think the fat Ate calipers hanging down behind the fork leg are the sexiest looking brakes around. Who cares if they actually work?

    But I do think they work. They work well enough.
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  5. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    When I rode /5s. I didn't know my front brakes sucked.
    Until I bought my R1100R with 4 puck brembo calipers.
    Damn, simpler times.
    I still think the drum brakes worked fine,but then of course I learned to ride on a 65 Norton.
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  6. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Sure, and back then we thought that air-cooled, sub-litre bikes putting out 45Hp with 2-valves/per and a swingarm was adequate. But check back in another 30 years and we'll compare notes... :lol3

    (I agree with you but feeling a bit pedantic t'day...) :D
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  7. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    I'd go as far to say the ATES's look more Italian than the Brembos and the Brembos operate in a more Germanic manner than the ATE's. :rofl
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  8. melville

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    Here ya go, sexy boy:

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  9. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I have a complete (actually two) dual-disc setups on my shelf.. and two single-disc airheads in my shop. One of these days I'll also make the switch. It does indeed look cool!
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  10. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Just about anything that I have seen do real well at the races time and time again becomes in my eye what looks real cool or more generally what works real well raced or not. If rules permitted, everyone racing our bikes quickly moved on from our ATE calipers. No one else ever used them because they didn't HAVE to. That's not attractive in my book. Especially chromed or polished! But to each their own. I do know how to set up ATE's and they can work decent by 70's standards but they have almost no racing heritage or a good reputation among MOST riders so . . . +1 RoS. I can live with them but cool? A . . . no!
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  11. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    True...but in the sprit of our NZ pre 76' class I feel a certain obligation to running period correct parts ( that are visible):rofl
    I chose a BMW partly because of cost ( compared to a Norton or Ducati) and the fact here they have always had a rep here in NZ as an 'old mans' bike....


    The guys who take it seriously run Brembos, Avon race tyres, straightened induction ports....etc.....I just like being part of the scene.:evil

    Coolest moment recently for me was at a recent track day in the wet passing and staying ahead of Ducati 748 ( and others) .....:clap
    I had the oldest bike by probably 20 years there.....got my pic in the club mag......:freaky
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