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(Msg. 1) Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 7:40 pm
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I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
good idea to have very decent brakes.

Does anybody make some kind of conversion kit so a
second brake rotor can be added ? The other alternative
might be a much BETTER single brake ... I've seen
6-piston calipers offered and there may be a "grippier"
pads that won't get chewed-up rotors in 10,000 miles.
Anyone tried any of these ? If you've ever ridden, say,
a Vulcan 750 or 'Mean Streak' you know the kind of
braking response I'm looking for.

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 7:40 pm
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BlackWater wrote:
 > I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
 > something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
 > good idea to have very decent brakes.
 >
 > Does anybody make some kind of conversion kit so a
 > second brake rotor can be added ? The other alternative
 > might be a much BETTER single brake ... I've seen
 > 6-piston calipers offered and there may be a "grippier"
 > pads that won't get chewed-up rotors in 10,000 miles.
 > Anyone tried any of these ? If you've ever ridden, say,
 > a Vulcan 750 or 'Mean Streak' you know the kind of
 > braking response I'm looking for.
 >
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(Msg. 3) Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:16 pm
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On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 18:36:59 GMT, bw DeleteThis @barrk.net (BlackWater)
postulated :
 >I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
 >something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
 >good idea to have very decent brakes.
 >
 >Does anybody make some kind of conversion kit so a
 >second brake rotor can be added ? The other alternative
 >might be a much BETTER single brake ... I've seen
 >6-piston calipers offered and there may be a "grippier"
 >pads that won't get chewed-up rotors in 10,000 miles.
 >Anyone tried any of these ? If you've ever ridden, say,
 >a Vulcan 750 or 'Mean Streak' you know the kind of
 >braking response I'm looking for.
 >
 >Reply to group...

A buddy took my old FLHTC calipers and mounted them on his Heritage.
Should be about the same for a FatBouy.





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(Msg. 4) Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:16 pm
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BlackWater wrote:
 >
 > I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
 > something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
 > good idea to have very decent brakes.
 >
 > Does anybody make some kind of conversion kit so a
 > second brake rotor can be added ? The other alternative
 > might be a much BETTER single brake ... I've seen
 > 6-piston calipers offered and there may be a "grippier"
 > pads that won't get chewed-up rotors in 10,000 miles.
 > Anyone tried any of these ? If you've ever ridden, say,
 > a Vulcan 750 or 'Mean Streak' you know the kind of
 > braking response I'm looking for.

The Skuffy Skillman method seems to work "were you ride."
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:40 pm
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On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 18:36:59 GMT, bw RemoveThis @barrk.net (BlackWater) wrote:

 >I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
 >something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
 >good idea to have very decent brakes.

Yeah but doesn't that require a motorcycle that can attain speeds
worthy of decent braking? 67 horses, I think I have a riding mower
with more power than that.
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(Msg. 6) Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:40 pm
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"Greek Shipping Magnets" wrote in
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 > (BlackWater) wrote:
 >
  >>I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power
  >>leaves
  >>something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a
  >>*really*
  >>good idea to have very decent brakes.
 >
 > Yeah but doesn't that require a motorcycle that
 > can attain speeds
 > worthy of decent braking? 67 horses, I think I
 > have a riding mower
 > with more power than that.

You don't own a yard big enough to need a tractor
that size! I otoh may be in need of one by the end
of summer if not sooner. 8^)
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(Msg. 8) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:22 am
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"Greek Shipping Magnets" wrote in message


 >
  >>I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
  >>something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
  >>good idea to have very decent brakes.
 >
 > Yeah but doesn't that require a motorcycle that can attain speeds
 > worthy of decent braking? 67 horses, I think I have a riding mower
 > with more power than that.

Yawn.........
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(Msg. 9) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:40 am
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 > I almost replied that you should buy a Yamaha, but I didn't.

I do find it odd that an $18K motorcycle doesn't come with decent brakes.

 > Now, that's restraint!

Bravo.

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(Msg. 10) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:28 am
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Albert Nurick wrote:
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 >
  > > I almost replied that you should buy a Yamaha, but I didn't.
 >
 > I do find it odd that an $18K motorcycle doesn't come with decent brakes.

Which bike would that be?
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(Msg. 11) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:40 am
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Phoenix wrote in

 > Albert Nurick wrote:
  >>


  >>
   >> > I almost replied that you should buy a Yamaha, but I didn't.
  >>
  >> I do find it odd that an $18K motorcycle doesn't come with decent
  >> brakes.
 >
 > Which bike would that be?

MSRP on the 15th anniversary FLSTFI Fat Boy is $18,495.
The original poster wanted better brakes for his Fat Boy.

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(Msg. 12) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:40 am
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Albert Nurick wrote:
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 >
  > > Albert Nurick wrote:
   > >>


   > >>
   > >> > I almost replied that you should buy a Yamaha, but I didn't.
   > >>
   > >> I do find it odd that an $18K motorcycle doesn't come with decent
   > >> brakes.
  > >
  > > Which bike would that be?
 >
 > MSRP on the 15th anniversary FLSTFI Fat Boy is $18,495.
 > The original poster wanted better brakes for his Fat Boy.

Wanting better brakes doesn't mean that the bike doesn't come with decent
brakes. I've wanted better brakes on every motorcycle I've ever owned except my
two Speed Triples.
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(Msg. 13) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 3:40 am
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Phoenix wrote in

 > Albert Nurick wrote:
  >>


  >>
   >> > Albert Nurick wrote:
   >> >>


   >> >>
   >> >> > I almost replied that you should buy a Yamaha, but I didn't.
   >> >>
   >> >> I do find it odd that an $18K motorcycle doesn't come with decent
   >> >> brakes.
   >> >
   >> > Which bike would that be?
  >>
  >> MSRP on the 15th anniversary FLSTFI Fat Boy is $18,495.
  >> The original poster wanted better brakes for his Fat Boy.
 >
 > Wanting better brakes doesn't mean that the bike doesn't come with
 > decent brakes. I've wanted better brakes on every motorcycle I've
 > ever owned except my two Speed Triples.

I find it odd that a 675 lb (dry weight) motorcycle comes with a single
front disc brake. Function follows Bling.

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(Msg. 14) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 5:12 am
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Albert Nurick wrote:
 >

 >
  > > Albert Nurick wrote:
   > >>


   > >>
   > >> > Albert Nurick wrote:
   > >> >>


   > >> >>
   > >> >> > I almost replied that you should buy a Yamaha, but I didn't.
   > >> >>
   > >> >> I do find it odd that an $18K motorcycle doesn't come with decent
   > >> >> brakes.
   > >> >
   > >> > Which bike would that be?
   > >>
   > >> MSRP on the 15th anniversary FLSTFI Fat Boy is $18,495.
   > >> The original poster wanted better brakes for his Fat Boy.
  > >
  > > Wanting better brakes doesn't mean that the bike doesn't come with
  > > decent brakes. I've wanted better brakes on every motorcycle I've
  > > ever owned except my two Speed Triples.
 >
 > I find it odd that a 675 lb (dry weight) motorcycle comes with a single
 > front disc brake. Function follows Bling.

The latter is certainly true in the case of that particular motorcycle, and the
former is the result. However, it doesn't mean that the bike doesn't have
"decent brakes." The rear disk brake on the Fat Boy coupled with the single
front disk brake is more than adequate for normal street riding applications.
Both brakes are capable of exceeding the traction capability of their respective
tires. While it's quite true that a dual disk front brake set-up would require
less pressure to achieve front tire lock-up, it doesn't neccessarily follow that
the bike is being sold with inadequate brakes. Just as one would not expect a
Sportster to have the same long distance riding capabilities as, say, a Gold
Wing, one typically doesn't expect a chrome bejewelled, low, raked out, fat
tired cruiser to have the braking capabilities of, say, a Ducati 999. The fact
of the matter is, that the Fat Boy's brakes are characteristic of its genre, and
bikes of its genre that have dual frotn disk brakes are the exception rather
than the rule.

As far as "Function follows Bling," that's equally true of every single clip-on
and rear-set equipped hyper sport bike on the market. I've raced them, and I've
ridden them on the street. The very things that make them good racebikes make
them lousy streetbikes in almost every normal street riding situation, yet the
manufacturers persist in marketing them in their racing livery.... because
that's what their street customers demand, and function be damned.

It's the rare Fat Boy owner who seeks to upgrade his brakes, just as it's the
rare GSXR owner who seeks to have a rational handlebar and mirror configuration.
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(Msg. 15) Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:40 am
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"BlackWater" wrote in message

 >I like the Fatboy ... but the braking power leaves
 > something to be desired. Where I ride, it's a *really*
 > good idea to have very decent brakes.
 >
 > Does anybody make some kind of conversion kit so a
 > second brake rotor can be added ? The other alternative
 > might be a much BETTER single brake ... I've seen
 > 6-piston calipers offered and there may be a "grippier"
 > pads that won't get chewed-up rotors in 10,000 miles.
 > Anyone tried any of these ? If you've ever ridden, say,
 > a Vulcan 750 or 'Mean Streak' you know the kind of
 > braking response I'm looking for.
 >
 > Reply to group...
 >

I was thinking of putting double brake rotors on my FLSTF, but it would
affect the image of a massive front forks and the solid wheels adversly.
I'd go for a better single rotor brake.

When will the guys at H-D figure out alive customers bring in more money
than the dead ones???

Simon
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