As it happens I'm in the process of stripping, cleaning and rebuilding all 3 calipers as I do every winter (well, should really be done BEFORE the winter). My rear brake had started to 'go off' so when I stripped that, lo and behold, the leading pad (piston side) was about 50% worn whereas the other pad (sliding with the caliper) was hardly worn at all. I therefore know I had a problem with the action of the caliper on it's sliding pins.For me the Tiger suspension and front brakes are adequate but nothing special. I must admit I've never lifted the back wheel under braking ! The brake discs,pads and fluid are all new and working perfectly,I just feel they lack feel and ultimate power. This may be affected by fork dive. I also ride a Speed Triple and obviously I understand that the Tiger is a totally different ride. Basically I've been dithering for 12 months whether to buy a 1050 Tiger for the uprated performance but the pillion and luggage provision of the 955 is better. So I've been considering upgrading suspension and brakes and keeping 'old faithful' which I've owned from new for 3½ years and 21,000 trouble free miles. I'm starting with a new rear shock from Hagon and may have gone with the brakes next,hence my question. It may be that leaving well alone is sensible....... There are plenty of Triumph calipers on ebay for not much money and I have a spare master cylinder from Speedy. It may well be that disc diameters etc are diffeent and so it may not be worth the hassle. For normal riding the bike is great,bu when pushed the whole plot is a bit vague. Winter is a god time to sort things out.
Yep i'll go with that,it's just with a change of wheels,brakes and suspension,you can change your mind if you like even mid corner,and hence why my next big traillie will either be a KTM or the new Ducati,i'm never going back to a 19" hoopHi Again,
If you are intent on keeping the standard wheels, even with full road rubber, such as the Pilot Roads my '06 is wearing, more powerful brakes could easily overwhelm the relatively small contact patch of rubber in damp conditions.
I prefer the "forward planning" way of riding, adjusting my speed for corners by use of the throttle and gearbox, so I hardly use the brakes anyway. My Tiger likes to be ridden smooth!
P.S. Yes I am in the "IAM", and wear I do wear a dayglo jacket...
Hey, DAGAD, I've heard of this before. Presumably, the master cylinder diameter changes so that there is less movement required at the lever. Presumably this will make the lever feel firmer so is more effort/less movement required? Or is it the other way around?Triple3. Like you most of my riding is two up and invariabley with luggage. The front brake is barely adequate, but I find it solo, works very well. Check the barrel on the Speedy master cylinder for a cast, raised number in a circle. If it says 5/8 USE THAT ONE and you will have an instant up grade which is easy and has cost you nowt.
Hi RoyWith the same effort applied to the lever,
16mm instead of 14mm diameter piston
increases the pressure to the calipers.
Because to make the pistons move the same distance, you need to displace more fluid. Hence for the same lever movement, a larger diameter master cylinder is necessary.Thanks for that Robbie. But can you explain, using your 'math' why when you fit 4 or 6 piston calipers, you use a larger dia master cylinder?
Adding to the equation is the fact that 6-piston calipers spread the force over a larger braking area so in theory, the pressure at each piston need not be as high anyway.Because to make the pistons move the same distance, you need to displace more fluid. Hence for the same lever movement, a larger diameter master cylinder is necessary.