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Old 08-04-2016, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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T120 Front/Rear Brake Upgrade

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General question for Bonnie owners of either T120 or T100

When I looked at Triumph website T120 & T100 same share brake features
BRAKES FRONT
Single 310mm disc,Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
BRAKES REAR
Single 255mm disc,Nissin 2-piston floating caliper

I searched Triumph Performance Parts in Australia and they offer Brembo calipers upgrade 4-Piston Kit as a whole Plug and Play kit for T100.

Can anyguys suggest since the stock brakes are same between T100 & T120 so will this aftermarket fit onto a T120?

http://triumphperformanceparts.com.a...-kit-with-disk

http://triumphperformanceparts.com.a...riumph-classic
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:12 PM
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T120 has dual front rotors. T100 single. Dunno if it's the same calipers.
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Old 08-04-2016, 05:06 PM
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All the reviews of the new T120 I've seen, have said the brakes are good. I would suggest, if you haven't already done so, taking one for a spin and see if you think the brakes actually need an upgrade.

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According to BikeBandit, the T120 / Thruxton S has the same front left hand caliper mounting bracket as the Thruxton 900, so I'd expect the front kit above to fit, but it only has the left side. You would need to find the other side caliper and mount as well.

Bikebandit shows a very different looking rear caliper carrier for the Thruxton 900 and the T120.

Personally, I'd break in the OEM set before looking at upgrades. If I wasn't happy with them after that, I'd try some HH pads.

According to EBC, the T120 / Thruxton S has the same pads as the Thruxton 900.

I'm guessing the stock Thruxton pads are of a compound similar to HH as they have similar bite to the HH pads on my F650GS.

Seeing the cost of those brakes makes me even more certain that the extra $2k for the Truxton R is well worth it over a Thruxton S.

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Old 08-04-2016, 06:28 PM
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I was in an accident with my t120 a few weeks back. The abs on the brakes seemed to work great. It kept me straight and upright and it seemed like I stopped pretty damned fast. However... If I had upgraded brakes perhaps I could have stopped in 20 feet instead of 25 feet and saved the bike.
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All the reviews of the new T120 I've seen, have said the brakes are good. I would suggest, if you haven't already done so, taking one for a spin and see if you think the brakes actually need an upgrade.
I agree, after the pads bed in on my T120 I have NO complaints about the brakes on this bike, and I have 3 other bikes with Brembos to compare it to.

If you want more initial bite you can change the pads to a HH compound but quite honestly, I feel no need to, they stop quite good stock once things have bed in.

During the first 50 miles or so I was thinking "maybe I'll need to upgrade the pads"... then around 150 miles or so they seated and since then I'm a happy camper.

They are a HUGE improvement over the earlier T100 brakes, night n day.

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I was in an accident with my t120 a few weeks back. The abs on the brakes seemed to work great. It kept me straight and upright and it seemed like I stopped pretty damned fast. However... If I had upgraded brakes perhaps I could have stopped in 20 feet instead of 25 feet and saved the bike.
I doubt that upgraded brakes would give you that kind of reduction in stopping distances at low speeds. They generally help from much higher speeds with multiple stops that can cause stock brakes to start fading.

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The stock brakes on my T120 are some of the best I've ever ridden with. I'm contemplating no changes.

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The stock brakes on my T120 are some of the best I've ever ridden with. I'm contemplating no changes.


My only issue with the brakes is the occasional squeal. I had the same problem with my 2006 Audi A4. Had the issue for years. Recently switched to a different material aftermarket brake pad, based on my mechanic recommendation, and it hasn't squealed since. I think it's got some kind of metallic compound that makes it squeal if the brake dust builds up too much. Not sure if it's the same with my T120 but it's a minor thing.
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I am very satisfied with the brakes on my T120, so much better than the T100 even with the upgrades for the T100. I have a couple of Moto Guzzi's with Brembos and the T120 is comparable.
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