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That is the best brake in the world. I paid £300 for mine. Expect to pay around 2K today.
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Does the brake come complete with rim as shown and if so would you use that rim? If not you will have to factor in the cost of a new rim and wheel build to the cost of a new replica brake.
I won't fit any oriental part on a British classic. But it's only me!
For safety Roy, maybe you should also use modern forks, frame and lights and also a modern engine with a modern gearbox . Why not purchase a modern motorcycle directly? OK it's an endless debate. But anyway, I'll still try to keep my classic motorcycles classics. And please note that I didn't say original!When you run a g p bike at over 150 m p h, brakes are in my reckoning a safety item. There is no British made drums that are acceptable. Check out the latest classic bike magazine , on page 46 you will see a write up of the bike in question. I took a failed prototype and made it the fastest 500 in classic racing. By the way, I used both yamaha's.
I'm suggesting that to my eyes Japanese parts will always ruins the "spirit" of these old British machines. I was too young at the time to ride a motorcycle but I've seen period photos of road going specials fitted with various TLS from British manufacturers or Italian brakes like the big Fontana 250 but never Yamaha ones. A single leading shoe Norton brake will never look as out of place as these Yamaha brakes. I'm pretty sure you already know that Norton and Triumph used to make good TLS brakes but there is also John Tickle, Robinson or even Dresda if you like big ones.The Yamaha brake was fitted as a safety upgrade to many British bikes in-period.
Fast forward forty years and fitting one now is hardly the same as fitting modern twin discs or purchasing a modern motorcycle. It's in the spirit of what owners did at the time.
Eric I'm not sure what you're suggesting. Use a single leading shoe Norton brake ? Use a modern replica brake in preference to an original period brake simply because it's made in Japan ?
Something else ?
To clarify - the bike is for road use only.