Thread: New to Airhead
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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I have been told repeatedly that a handlebar MC is the biggest single improvement, quickest fix, for the lack of brakes in a single Ate set up. Yes it costs something, not sure. But if you want a cheaper fix them the stainless steel hose will give you some improvement. If you want a cheaper fix than that replace the stretchy cable from the lever to the under tank MC. (admittedly only a tad of improvement if any)

There may be some improvement from new pads but I can't tell you which ones work best.

I've always thought a different rotor would be enough but I haven't had the moola to try my theory.

It is often found that a correct set up of the stock system will work better than what most riders are piloting. The swinging caliper system of the Ates on mid '70's Airheads have a specific adjustment to effect proper performance. You'll find info in your manual.

Or trade it for a Honda.
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