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Posted by Allen Hanford at August 08. 2017

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aftermarket front brake

Posted by Allen Hanford at August 08. 2017

I'm trying to piece together the specifications of the ES2 I just bought and I'm wondering what the front brake is. Obviously not Norton but I haven't found any markings on it. Something Italian maybe?

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Re: aftermarket front brake

Posted by ian_cordes at August 08. 2017

Not quite so exotic; looks like a Yamaha 4ls to me. Is it 36 spoke? British configuration was pretty well always 40 spoke.

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Re: aftermarket front brake

Posted by Allen Hanford at August 08. 2017

Previously ian_cordes wrote:

Not quite so exotic; looks like a Yamaha 4ls to me. Is it 36 spoke? British configuration was pretty well always 40 spoke.

I think you're right. I found pic of the Yamaha 4ls and it's virtually identical. I had no idea the Japanese ever made such a thing.

Re: aftermarket front brake

Posted by ian_cordes at August 08. 2017

Yes, it was used on a range of their TZ racers. Quite a good brake apparently, to the extent that copies are made now.  Flogging it would fund a proper Norton brake built into a new rim, I should think. Depends whether you prefer being able to stop, or originality!Undecided

Re: aftermarket front brake

Posted by Allen Hanford at August 08. 2017

I don't care about originality. I bought this bike specifically because it was already compromised. I can change whatever I want without ruining a piece of history.

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