Handle bar MC upgrade

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Hearse, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. SamH

    SamH 90S on the bench

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    Yeah, more info on my situation. I had new braided lines and new pads. Bleeding would have been the only thing that could have been off.
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  2. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Caliper alignment to the disc? This is critical. A discussion was started in post #76 here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=859748&page=6 .
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  3. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Personally I wouldn't want any more lever travel than a 14mm handlebar MC gets you with twin swingers but I like a firm lever. I like 14mm with twin Brembo's. A lot more piston area I know but it doesn't work out like it is 'suppose' to IMO.

    Perfect caliper alignment? I have checked enough of them with magic markers to know that there often is no such thing. I have found that a compromised position will often get you the best braking but if I rode a pre '81 model the first thing I would do to it would be put '81 on sliders and calipers and a '81 on clutch in it. Pre '81 clutch, brakes, and points? Not for me. I can't ride the way I like to ride with the earlier stuff. For some reason I decided just a while back that if I ride older than '81 I am going all the way back to /3's. I want a R51 with a R69S engine in it and a R68 repo front fender!
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  4. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Personally, I wouldn't want any more lever travel than a 14mm handlebar MC gets you with twin swingers but I like a firm lever... if I rode a pre '81 model the first thing I would do to it would be put '81 on sliders and calipers...

    I do have the 38 mm ATE's (1975 BMW R90S) and I really like the feel of my 14 mm MC. I'll bet the Brembo calipers would be great, but I decided to limit the modifications to the ol' bike (for now). It could be a possibility in the future.

    Pre '81 clutch, brakes, and points? Not for me. I can't ride the way I like to ride with the earlier stuff.

    Back in 1983 my buddy bought a new R100S and it was SWEET, so much better than my old clunker. Well, I still have that old clunker and I am going to RIDE it - been rehabilitating the bike to the best condition possible without radical modifications. Each will have his own definition of "radical". Hey, my bike is a 38 year old ANTIQUE. If I want a bike that handles, brakes, and runs like a new Ducati I suppose I need to win the lottery and BUY one.
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