Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
156 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
imported post

Being a new to the Goldwing family I am relying on the members for some help here.

I will refer to the 1975 and the 1979 brakes because those are some that I have to start with.

At this point I am trying to put together what I will use for a front brake system.

I have noticed that there is a difference between the 1979 and the 1975 front brake caliper mounts and master cylinder. I also think I remember reading about the newer (1979) brakes using a single piston and the older (1975) using a dual system.

My question to you learned elders is: which is a better braking system to use or are they about the same? Also is maintenance easier or are rebuild parts cheaper or better.

This also refers to the fork tubes and their internals and anything else that may affect the front end and it's systems.

Between 1975 and 1979 what is best, or are there newer that interchange which are better?

I am open to any input you may have.
 

·
Still Learning
Joined
·
13,270 Posts
imported post

I think all of the 1000s and 80-81 1100s had single piston.
82 up was the 2 piston brakes on the wings.
Someone may have put a 2 pot system on an earlier bike by changing the front ends.

Is that you in the avitar or someone else? Nice beard.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
156 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
imported post

That's me all over.
 

·
Still Learning
Joined
·
13,270 Posts
imported post

I have a friend in NH that has a similar beard, Hathaway by name. Big 6'4". Awesome brother.
 

·
The Irish Crew
Joined
·
3,932 Posts
imported post

Gl1000 brakes all performed about the same, no real benefit with the late setup.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
935 Posts
imported post

The only inprovement is not so much the calipers but the choice of pads and putting in stainless braided brakelines. I also prefer to get rid of the front brake line splitter in favor of a duel feed off the front master cylinder.



As for pads I suggest you read as much opinion as possible from a much duscussed topic on this forum. Use the forum search button in the Tech forum and read the posts that are relivant to your bike.



The last bit of advise I have is to try to find stainless brake pistons. They are not stock honda parts.There are some available from specialist firms or you can try as I did and get some made up from the old ones as a pattern by a machinbe shop. I didn't pay much more that stock ones for mine and the best bit is they don't rust.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
12,287 Posts
imported post

Yeah, pads and lines are key IMO.

I run Ferrodo asbestos pads. Excellent stopping power with stock lines. I'm wanting to move up to braided lines for even more control. No slouch in braking right now though.

I toyed with the idea of swapping-in dual piston calipers. I see no street benefit unless there is more pad-to-rotor contact surface and assuming clamping pressure remains the same or is increased because of heavier loads packed onto the bike. I was looking at using factory Honda parts from other models. Spreading the contact of the pad-to-rotor over a wider area, as in dual piston calipers, helps dissipate heat though, so from a performance view this is benefit for track riding. We're talking street bikes though. Aggressive street riding or riding a over-loaded bike (which, face it, many of us do) would benefit more from using the right pads, braided lines and drilled rotors IMO. There are orifice mods within the master that may help as well. Unless you've done this before, you'll risk worsening your braking force by opening them too much.

'77 calipers are about as robust as they come. I don't recall the piston diameter compared to my '78 daily rider, but there is more metal in '77's caliper housing. They are larger and heavier than the '78's. Does it make a difference? ...Don't know. They are not a direct swap to the '78's caliper mounts and the caliper mounts are not a direct swap to the '78's fork sliders. The sliders are completely different from '77 to '78. '78 sliders are about two inches longer than the '77's.

For the street I'm fine. I can stand the rear of the bike up (faired and bagged'78 in the avatar) now as-is.

Braided lines are on the list.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top