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This may be a stupid question but, has anyone ever did away with one of the calipers on an 1100 and just used a single unit for braking?? Most or some bikes have one brake caliper per wheel and seem not to have any difficultis stopping. I have been rebuilding my front calipers on my 1980 gl1100 and have been kicking around the idea of blocking off the left side caliper and utilizing a single brake system for the front. Am I stupid for thinking this will work??:bow:
 

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Yes many bikes do have only single front brake, but then they don't weigh near what your Wing does. Braking was not the greatest on most older Wings as it is. Yes you could do it and yes it will work, but you may not be able to stop quick when you need too. I wouldn't do it!
 

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It is possible and also fought with tech problems. First if the front is likely to boil its brake fluid with heat from stopping at speed. Second is brake balance. Most riders use about 70/30 split braking front to rear. This change may well mean you will compensate.
As for weight look at Harley's. they have single front brakes but the pot size is bigger.
Consider all this but it's not hard to do and you could always try it first at low speeds then if you hate it just reverse the fix.
Post your findings if you can.
 
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