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. >> Stay informed about: Dual Front Brake Kit for FatBoy ?