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1. Ride your Bobber to your nearest Harley Davidson Dealer

2. Ask to test ride the used Harley of your choice, the older the better!

3. On your way home, re-evaluate your Bobbers Brake system.

If you do not have an H.D. dealer nearby any cruiser over 600 lbs will work!

Some points to remember:
Harley still owns 75% of the street market, I doubt there's anything seriously
wrong with them, and I don't see any evidence of "braking induced accidents"

The other day I hit the ABS on my Bobber's front brake at 30 mph, on a dry road
with the sticky Avon tire, absolute proof of braking power!

Those of you who say its not the power, but the "feel", I can understand. You are
probably transitioning from a Sport bike! What I don't understand is why you
can't re-calibrate? I routinely ride Harleys, and a retro Sport bike with twin
mono-block 330 MMs and the Bobber all in the same day! They are hugely
different, Though I have been riding for almost 5 decades I think my skills peaked
a long time ago!

I'm way to cheap to spend money on a perfectly good brake system!

Triumph got it right the first time, they haven't made to many mistakes lately!!!
 

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I get the point and don't completely disagree. But then why does the 2018 Bobber Black come stock with a more robust front braking system than the inaugural 2017s and other 2018 Bobber models?
 

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I get the point and don't completely disagree. But then why does the 2018 Bobber Black come stock with a more robust front braking system than the inaugural 2017s and other 2018 Bobber models?
Maybe because if they didn't upgrade the brakes, the only real difference 17-18 would be a bigger front tyre - not much of an upgrade.
Personally and IMHO (my 5¢) I think it ruins the look of the bike, I prefer the original Bobber.

Having come to the Bobber from a 1968 Lambretta I find the brakes to be really good (IMHO).
 

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Maybe because if they didn't upgrade the brakes, the only real difference 17-18 would be a bigger front tyre - not much of an upgrade.
Personally and IMHO (my 5¢) I think it ruins the look of the bike, I prefer the original Bobber.

Having come to the Bobber from a 1968 Lambretta I find the brakes to be really good (IMHO).
Totally agree on the big front caliper ruining the look. It covers up that great spoked wheel which is such a integral style element of this bike. One of the main reasons I went with the swingarm bag was that I didn't want to cover up the spoked rear wheel.
 

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Maybe because if they didn't upgrade the brakes, the only real difference 17-18 would be a bigger front tyre - not much of an upgrade.
Personally and IMHO (my 5¢) I think it ruins the look of the bike, I prefer the original Bobber.

Having come to the Bobber from a 1968 Lambretta I find the brakes to be really good (IMHO).
They are playing to the maturing riders who are coming off Sport bikes and want to stay on a Triumph, they could care less about it being authentic or not, they just need a 1 finger brake!
 

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I don't ride the bobber the way it's portrayed as a weekend toy for a 20 mile run to the pub on sunday and back then leave it in the garage for 6 days while spending 40h a week detailing it.

I commute on it, thought it would slow me down but takes same time or less on occasion than the tiger sport to get in and out during the morning and evening rat runs.

No the brakes are not very good but hey ho, little forward thinking and thick soles so you can get a foot down may help. I'd lobe dual front disks, **** the aesthetics. However the upgraded single caliper may well do. One thing i will say is i don't bother with rain mode, the TCS takes care of the back end spinning up over manholes in the set very nicely TYVM.
 

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I don't ride the bobber the way it's portrayed as a weekend toy for a 20 mile run to the pub on sunday and back then leave it in the garage for 6 days while spending 40h a week detailing it.

That's exactly what mine is for, minus the detailing and for further than the 20 miles to the pub. :laugh:


Coming off my daily ride of a street triple, the brakes are quite different. However, it only takes a few test squeezes as I pull away to get my head back in bobber mode.
 

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yep the brakes on the 955 were in a totally different league, shorty lever 1 finger braking all year round
 

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hmmmm the op is funny but in the end not very helpful. Something not so good does not get better when you compare it with something bad and everyone knows that HDs have shitty brakes.

I only had 100 miles on the bobber so far due to winter over here and I cannot say I am a big fan of the front brake. I need a lot of power to pull the lever so an improvement of the brake system would be nice. My second bike is a Tiger 800 and the front brakes here are also not the best. As the front discs were used a 55,000 kms I went for wave discs and that has improved braking a little bit. But you cannot put wave discs on the bobber as this would spoil the design.

Raisch Classic bikes offers a 4 piston caliper at 400 Euros and they say you will need only 50% of the power to pull the lever compared with the original system. Might be an option if I do not get along with the brake.

I am not going to make the same mistake that I did with the Tiger: for about 40,000 kms I was unhappy with the rear shock and then finally replaced it with a Wilbers shock set for my weight. Brilliant set up but I waited far too long to do it. So if something really annoys me with the Bobber I'll get it changed quickly.
 

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I wonder if the left caliper of the original Brembos, from the new Bobber Black will fit on the standard bobber...!?
It should be better than the standard Nissin; even if it's only one, and hasn't got the perfect "piston>caliper ratio"...

Thinking of this; if this were to work; I wonder if Triumph would eventually do a recall..... wishful thinking indeed ;-)

Cheers!
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I must admit I would like a bit more bite at the front. I might invest in the Pretech unit. The Brembo kit is too rich for my blood as nice as it is.
 

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hmmmm the op is funny but in the end not very helpful. Something not so good does not get better when you compare it with something bad and everyone knows that HDs have shitty brakes.

I only had 100 miles on the bobber so far due to winter over here and I cannot say I am a big fan of the front brake. I need a lot of power to pull the lever so an improvement of the brake system would be nice. My second bike is a Tiger 800 and the front brakes here are also not the best. As the front discs were used a 55,000 kms I went for wave discs and that has improved braking a little bit. But you cannot put wave discs on the bobber as this would spoil the design.

Raisch Classic bikes offers a 4 piston caliper at 400 Euros and they say you will need only 50% of the power to pull the lever compared with the original system. Might be an option if I do not get along with the brake.

I am not going to make the same mistake that I did with the Tiger: for about 40,000 kms I was unhappy with the rear shock and then finally replaced it with a Wilbers shock set for my weight. Brilliant set up but I waited far too long to do it. So if something really annoys me with the Bobber I'll get it changed quickly.
Der, Before you do anything put at least 350-500 miles on your Bobber to properly seat the pads! As several on here will attest the brakes improve for the first 500 miles! If I was still unhappy I would just go to a more aggressive pad material and keep the authentic look and weight!
 

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I don't know, I like the brake set up. It's adequate for my riding style. I'm older now so have slowed down my aggressive riding. ****, I haven't bumped the hero bumps at all.

The Bobber is not a motoGP or Cafe bike and if you're riding it like that, you got the wrong bike. I see it as a cruiser in town and country at reasonable speeds to enjoy the ride. That's just me and only my opinion.
 

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I don't know, I like the brake set up. It's adequate for my riding style. I'm older now so have slowed down my aggressive riding. ****, I haven't bumped the hero bumps at all.

The Bobber is not a motoGP or Cafe bike and if you're riding it like that, you got the wrong bike. I see it as a cruiser in town and country at reasonable speeds to enjoy the ride. That's just me and only my opinion.
****, i got the wrong bike:surprise:
 

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I do ride the Bobber pretty fast, but I've always used both brakes and I can get the ABS to kick in so I'm happy.

What I really want is a second brake caliper with a pillion seat on it :)

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I do ride the Bobber pretty fast, but I've always used both brakes and I can get the ABS to kick in so I'm happy.

What I really want is a second brake caliper with a pillion seat on it :)

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Oooh! Photoshop an idea please! Ha.

When I want a pillion seat, I'll buy another bike.
 
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