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post #1 of 21 Old 02-13-2020, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb front brake upgrade?

my front brake is realy old and i could buy a new one but i was wondering if i could upgrade it to something better?
if anyone has any knowledge on this they would like to share be my guest
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-13-2020, 08:48 AM
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The stock brake system is sufficient to lock up the wheel, so not sure what you mean by an "upgrade". If the brake on your bike isn't performing as it should, it needs to be repaired.

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only brake upgrade i have noticed making a marked improvement is stainless steel braided brake line..

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only brake upgrade i have noticed making a marked improvement is stainless steel braided brake line..
Ditto!

I have used Revival Cycles in Tx for (longer) line and the banjo bolts. It was a little tricky to get the line set in between the bolts b/c the inner polypropylene(whatever) is very hard. First time I did it, I thought it was tight and it popped while riding! Lot's of pressure there! Went back and did a much more thorough job in ensuring bolt was in the line as far as possible. This will take some strength to get done so get ready or get help! Been perfect since.

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The stock brake system is sufficient to lock up the wheel, so not sure what you mean by an "upgrade". If the brake on your bike isn't performing as it should, it needs to be repaired.

A locking brake is not the same as a good brake...with a larger disc, you may brake harder just before it locks, may do a lot of difference on changing road-surfaces.


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post #6 of 21 Old 02-18-2020, 07:20 PM
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A locking brake is not the same as a good brake...with a larger disc, you may brake harder just before it locks, may do a lot of difference on changing road-surfaces.


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I don't understand that. I'm no engineer, but since the Rebel front brake can go from slight slowing of rotor rotation to full stop, depending on how much pressure is applied, how would a larger disc improve braking?

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Control...in all areas between open and locked. As with i.e. the clutch, a "on-off" function is hard to use.

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post #8 of 21 Old 02-19-2020, 07:56 AM
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Well both the clutch and brake on my Rebel are, in my experience, pretty easy to control. I've never locked up the front brake, and don't want to, but know it could be done.

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Also a larger brake has more area to dissipate heat.


A cooler brake is much more effective.

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I'm glad this topic was brought up. I have a 2016 model. Maybe Honda did some cost cutting in the final couple model years and in some way cheapend up on the rotor, because my rotor warped before 2,000 miles. I just ignore it. But it is annoying. It wasn't warped when I bought it.

Maybe I ride aggressively (not really I think), but hey, this is a Rebel 250 how aggressive can one be? As for the performance, I find it adequate if not a bit better than adequate. Enough that I don't want for more braking performance.

I don't prefer to replace it with the same ole same ole, and have a new same ole rotor warp also.

Is there a "mo' bettuh" rotor out there?


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