I've not read all the posts, so apologies if this has been suggested, but if you want a cheaper option to improving brakes, could you not get braided hose, an over-sized front disc, and a spacer bracket made of the existing caliper? Failing that a caliper with more pistons from another BM?
I changed the disc on my XR400R and used an ally bracket and it made a healthy difference.
I once also upgraded the twin pot calipers on my CBR1000F to the Fireblade 4 pots from the same time. I had two spacer brackets made and it made a huge difference!!
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