Encapsulated disc brakes

ER Classics Desktop 2022

Encapsulated disc brakes. That was a thing. And that the Spanish brand Sanglas, which was later taken over by Yamaha, had the scoop in 1976, everyone has forgotten. It was Honda that brought the system back into the picture.

You saw them a lot. On the demolition

The inboard ventilated disc brakes were proudly presented on the Honda CBX 550 F. They looked like the better kind of drum brakes from the sixties. Unfortunately, they did not brake much better. Moreover, they were impossible to maintain. CBX 550 F drivers distanced themselves from their engines because replacing the brake pads cost more than the engine was worth.

The Honda CBX 550 F so

That was a sporty four-cylinder with a dash of dynamism from the large CBX. That was a marketing thing. the 550 also had excellent dimensions for not too big drivers M / V. And the only advantage of these built-in disks was that they did well even in the rain.

The CBX 550 was delivered in two versions: The F did not have a tub, the FII had a top half mounted on the frame. Behind that top half, the M / V driver was pretty out of the wind. But due to the turbulence and the wind noise behind the window, driving longer journeys was sub-modal.

Would like to run touring

The block was one that liked to be kept up to speed. The four-cylinder she delivered the highest torque at 8.000 rpm. You can do it quietly, but the engine didn't learn for it. If it is nice to drive, the bicycle part also comes into its own better. This small four-cylinder feels at its best on winding secondary roads. And with all that thumping and frolicking, the Honda is also quite comfortable too. Braking does the Honda also still very acceptable.

Do maintenance yourself

The maintenance of such a machine is easy to do yourself. Also adjusting the camshaft chain. And that makes the world of difference when it comes to working on the front brake in terms of hourly wages. It remains that you need an extra set of hands to work on that front brake. But those brake pads remain weirdly expensive.

Expensive parts

With a current find it is likely that the original exhaust system is no longer on board. Such a system is still new. It will cost considerably more than you have paid for the motorcycle.

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