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    Honda CBX550 F. With those weird brakes

    Retro thinking has only just begun. And Honda was a forerunner with that. At the time, the CB500T twin was seen as old-fashioned to bizarre. They weren't sold much. They were – until recently – not worth a drop. The Honda CBX550 F was also sort of retro. It also had a front brake disguised as a drum brake. That solution was one according to the old motto of the Marines: Why easy when it can be difficult? The approach was complicated and difficult to service. More

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    Disc brakes

    Progress and I are not always on good terms. My first motorcycle with a front disc brake was one Triumph T150V Trident. That engine was at Van de Kuinder in Hilversum as a trade-in. Nico actually preferred not to sell the thing to a younger buyer. The Tridents did not have the best reputation back in the days when younger heavy machinery buyers often used the throttle as an ON / OFF switch. More

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    Winter time, key time

    Okay, it's not winter yet, but summer has passed its peak. And that is the time to stop dreaming and what to do. In recent years, we have seen a trend that buyers of classics have the luxury to go for convenience. More

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    Maintenance of the brakes

    Maintenance of the brakes The editorial Guzzi started to use more gas and got a shorter and shorter run-out distance. A brake stuck. The Guzzi has a separate braking system and the right front disc turned out to be the culprit. The reason the brake stuck? That was internal contamination of the brake caliper. Brake pads and discs More

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    Brake lining Sound or glue?

    Lining Riveting or gluing? And then we are talking about brake linings. Gluing – or vulcanizing – new brake linings is a better option. The advantages are: A) The braking surface is larger (no holes for the rivets). B) The contact between the brake lining and the shoe is better so that the lining More

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    Mini brakes

    In the old days, only the Austin and Morris Mini Cooper and Cooper 'S' – the little cars with 10” wheels – were factory equipped with front disc brakes. All other Minis had to make do with drum brakes all around. Boosting the engine still meant that 'the brakes' were the Achilles' heel of More

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    Inhibit

    Until the end of the last century, a car or motorcycle had to be 'run in'. That meant that the owner of the new vehicle had to handle it with care. No top performance from the machine desire, no high speeds, but especially not too low. The mechanical parts had to run into each other. More

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    Mini brakes

    The 'boosting' of the engine still meant that 'the brakes' remained the Achilles heel of the car. Especially at the front, the over-enthusiastic driver had to contend with the so-called fading and therefore had to pedal harder and harder to silence the little thing. More

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    Brake servo

    In the past, when cars were only equipped with drum brakes, a brake booster was not necessary. The driver stepped on the brake pedal at his own discretion and the vehicle slowed down. If it pedaled harder, the wheels blocked. The introduction of disc brakes on cars led to the More

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