I heard that when a young man rides, he picks a destination and just goes. When an old man rides, he picks a direction and just goes.
Yes, traditionalist.. I have the tradition of enjoying stopping. I am not, and never have been someone who can restore a vehicle to it's design parameter - it may have a seat I don't like, or the power may be wrong, or the tires suck.. With my Bullet, the front brake is worthless - it stops, but it takes one heck of a long time doing it - the disk brake is a good system, safer than drum, and does nothing to detract from my enjoyment of my bike. Some folk like to ride around bereft the benefit of modern ideas.. Fine by me, go for it, just don't mind if I don't agree - the disk brake makes the bike even safer, just as changing the ignition to a fool proof electronic - I was, until recently, dead set against electronic ignitions. It is strange how long term pain will change your mind.
Yep, my front drum brake is as good as a single disc brake. And has no master or slave hydraulic cylinders to start leaking at the worst possible time. Or pads that lock up solid after getting ready for Spring riding. Or high pressure hoses that weather crack and need replacements so they won't burst on a panic stop. Or accidently spilling hydraulic fluid on a beautiful painted gas tank.All the above has happened to me over the years. I'd rather just worry about a cable and end ferrules.Regards, Foggy
For me personally, the mechanical aspects of the Bullet or any other motorcycle or car for that matter, outweigh my desire to ride or drive them. I love the chase and the mechanical challenges.
Quote from: hutch on October 18, 2007, 03:32:44 PMRegards, Foggy Thank you for that refreshing comment Foggy. You can always tell who has been riding for years and beginners sold into the "works better, less maintainance line" The same people that fed them that line forgot to mention that the new set up is also more expensive to replace and more things can go wrong with them. I remember my cousin Mike had a Japanese bike with disc brake and the piston would stick in the caliper. He would touch the brake let off and start a turn only to have the front tire slide out, and down he would go. After about three times I asked him when he was going to fix that. "SOMEDAY" I told him I could fix it for him right now. I slid a pipe over his break lever and broke it off. He never did fix the caliperpiston. Too expensive compared to a cable. He usually rode old Triumphs with drum brakes. Hutch
They burn out their rectifiers (literally) and as they are placed under the seat are know as 'rectumfriers' for obvious reasons.
Quote from: LotusSevenMan on October 19, 2007, 04:03:35 AMThey burn out their rectifiers (literally) and as they are placed under the seat are know as 'rectumfriers' for obvious reasons. I never did understand the logic of putting a rectifier under the seat. I put a solo on my Bullet so no problem. On my Savage I relocated it to the side of the rear fender in front of the shock where it was in the airstream for better cooling. Hutch
[snip] For me personally, the mechanical aspects of the Bullet or any other motorcycle or car for that matter, outweigh my desire to ride or drive them. I love the chase and the mechanical challenges. [snip]
drum brakes. Hutch
Quote from: hutch on October 18, 2007, 06:02:22 PM drum brakes. HutchT120r bullet, I know what you mean. Only 2 of my bikes get to reside in the warm house during the cold Michigan winters.