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1Back to top Go down   ABS or not ABS Empty ABS or not ABS Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:53 pm

touchwoodsden

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The chair frame and bits are back from the powder coated although I'm still waiting for all the plastic and the chair body to come back from the (different) painters.
It's been quite a while now and in spite of a few prods it still hasn't featured.
When he said he would take it on I don't think he realised how many parts he was going to have to hang up in order to paint.

I have assembled all the front brakes and the linkages on the Wasp Forks and Wheels but haven't yet fitted the brake pipes at the front which brings me to the question.

The caliper mounting which is floating on the leading link Forks moved the ABS sensor closer to the rotating Castle affair so I've had to remove it in the short term at least and will have to space it out.

However during the course of all the years I have been on motorbikes I have only ever had 2 with ABS and although they were never problematical, I never actually needed it!

The system on mine is working and it occurred to me that it might not like the floating caliper at the front very much.

So the question is whether I should get rid of the ABS and pipe the brakes indirect (easy enough to do) and flog electronic gizmos and modulators or whatever they are called on the Bay of E, or whether I should keep it. I'm inclined to get rid of it purely for simplicity. A friend of mine has simply disconnected his.

If I do get rid of it and I still stuck with that large chunk of loom and connector which goes to the control unit plug in the tail housing? I know part of it goes to the rear lights but I could always separate that.

Apart from the two canisters on either side and the taillight located control unit is there anything else that I would need to take off to flog?

One of the upsides of getting rid of the control unit of course in the tail unit is that it gives me a large "toolbox".

So, do I get rid of it or keep it? I doubt this will ever be reverted back to a solo but I do have all the original bits to do so if anyone wished. Would I be better off getting rid of all those bits (and pocketing the money) or selling them separately. I'm inclined to think that it doesn't make the bike worth much more if it's going with a load of bits which are never going to be used again.

Certainly, if I wanted a K 100 solo I wouldn't buy one kitted for the chair and convert it back.

All replies greatly appreciated.

Regards

James . N Wales

    

2Back to top Go down   ABS or not ABS Empty Re: ABS or not ABS Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:04 pm

sidecar paul

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Hi James,
I've never had a bike with ABS, but I'm always amazed how hard you can brake (with an outfit) without the wheels locking. 

Paul.


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'84 K100RS (0014643) (owned since '85), 86 K100RS (0018891) with Martello sidecar (built as an outfit in '88),
'51 Vincent (since '67),'72 Montesa Cota (from new), '87 Honda RS125R NF4 (bought 2015) 
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3Back to top Go down   ABS or not ABS Empty Re: ABS or not ABS Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:07 pm

touchwoodsden

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sidecar paul wrote:Hi James,
I've never had a bike with ABS, but I'm always amazed how hard you can brake (with an outfit) without the wheels locking. 

Paul.

Thanks Paul. That was my thought also. It is also one less thing to go wrong!

    

4Back to top Go down   ABS or not ABS Empty Re: ABS or not ABS Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:52 pm

indian036

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I've never had a bike with ABS, but in 3 ABS fitted cars, I've never had it engage in anger. Test driving the first prior to purchase I tried it and was impressed. 

I'd prefer to continue to not need it, but I'm happy knowing that it's there if it is needed. 

My inclination would be to leave it on any machine that has it, even if some work is needed to make it work properly due to the fork changes. 

My 2c worth. 

Bill


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1985 K100RT  VIN 0028991  My original Very Happy   (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT  VIN 0029036  BOB the Blue Old Bike  (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT  VIN 0190452  Work in progress
1984 K100RT  VIN 0023022  Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT  VIN 0090542  Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT  VIN 0183046  Work in progress
1993 K75S  VIN 0213045  Newest toy, slightly non-original
    

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