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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
The way I see it, the Vulcan was simply overbraked. Many much larger heavier bikes have only one front disc, and do just fine. In this case, having less actual braking power DID make the brake easier to control. People don't seem to realize you actually CAN have to much of something. IMO, if you can easily lock the front wheel, then you have plenty of braking power, because there is nowhere else to go. Locking the wheel is overbraking, and if it can be done easily with one disc, then why do you need two? With two discs, the brake was basically on or off. Yes, it could be modulated to some degree, and during normal routine riding was merely annoying. However, in a panic stop, when you want the front wheel right on the verge of lockup, and often have a number of other things to deal with at the same time, putting just the slightest bit of excess pressure on the lever would lock the front wheel, and we all know what happens when you do that. With only one disc, overall braking feel and control is much improved, and there is still more than enough power to lock the front wheel, but you are not nearly as likely to do it accidentally.
Braking IS a matter of skill. At least to me. It no longer requires skill for those who have ABS, just squeeze the lever hard, and let the computer make the decisions. I have ridden bikes that had very little in the way of brakes. I learned how to use what I had, there was no known way to make them stronger. But on the Vulcan 750, Kawasaki made the brakes so touchy that the slightest pressure on the lever would cause the brakes to grab, and could result in an accidental stoppie. Now, if all you had to do while riding was focus on the front brake, they would work fine. But with the hundreds of other things that have to be dealt with, having brakes that require too much attention are dangerous.
I would like to point out that I have never in 35+ years and 400,000+ miles, I have never crashed on a street bike. I would also like to point out that I have 40,000+ miles on this mod, without the slightest problem. The way I see it, I simply fixed one of the Vulcan's shortcomings.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike