The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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The only thing wrong with rusty cast iron discs is they don't look very good, until you put the brake on and clean them, I am not sure about actual braking performance compared to the originals on an 1150 but my R80GS stops better particularly in the wet with cast iron. They are cheaper than the originals and last longer.
Cast brake disks are superior to SS in stopping ability, but are softer and do not last as long as SS. Cast discs have a higher coefficient of friction, therefor improved stopping ability and better feel. Race bikes use cast. I personally have replaced the SS disk on my old GS with a cast replacement from EBC, much better braking in stock form.
Cast iron discs presents no surprices. They act the same way dry, wet and cold. All my bikes have Motorworks cast iron-discs - BMW factory/original discs on /7 are crap; they warp, crack and bend: this does not happen to the cast iron discs.
Downside - cast iron disc do rust... ss tents not to rust...
I choose the better braking over the better look, since I -use- my bikes.
Stainless is purely cosmetic, it is in most other ways inferior to cast iron.
You would want an inferior stainless disk if your bike was sat in a display case, kept in the garage 50 weeks a year or was sat in a dealers showroom. The only way to make it more inferior is the Honda approach of coating a steel disk in chrome (a lubricant!).
If you ride you want cast iron. Don't forget to change the pads at the same time, while it doesn't make a huge difference off the race track, pads designed for stainless disks loose some of the CI's performance.
Another vote here for cast iron. I replaced all three on my R100RS about five years ago and find them far better, though not as pretty of course.
I do sometimes have a problem when one of the discs gets a patch of a thin layer of rust, it's more noticeable when I'm moving slowly. I'ts not an issue really, it comes and goes and I suspect it's hard braking that clears it.
I was not aware of any problems with the zinc contaminating the pads, seemed to work fine for me, norton used to do this on their original disc brake bikes, but in those days the discs were cad plated.
Motorworks are the usual source of cast iron discs for airheads, not sure if they do them for oil heads
Zinc will simply flake off rubbing area. The trouble with the sort of plating Elf-n-Safety has forced on the world is that a lot of it won't like the expansion rate of the disk when hot so the whole lot will flake off. Those old Norton discs without holes, slots and other fashion accessories are probably about the peak of practical development. The rubbing surface will still be too cosmetically poor for your local Uber showroom/Cruiser boutique, hence the stainless, drilled, slotted, flower shaped **** you can buy.
All pads quickly become contaminated, its how they deal with it that's important. One of the greatest leap forwards during my spell in the industry was the switch to improved mixes on sintered pads. The porous structure not only gives a rougher surface and therefore improved braking, it also lets various "dusts" pass through to some extent before clogging. Zinc dust should come and go in the first week.
As I think someone has already said, change the pads with the disk, it's vital enough not to penny pinch on.
I don't know if there is anything special about my zinc plating, but after 5000 miles or so so on my rear cast iron disc it is still working to keep the unswept areas of the discs clean and reduces rust produced on the swept areas.
It had the same effect on the front discs, until I junked them after they warped. No apparent detrimental effects on the padsm, ferodos suitable for cast discs.
ive got cast iron on my 100gs. the problem i find is that they do not rust evenly, and you get patches where the pads sit. if left for a while ive found you get pitting in the shape of your pads which doesnt go so easily. i think this could be why my forks now judder under braking? (any thoughts on that one?)
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