1972/78 XS650 Heavy Metal Hardtail

irk miller

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I did an experiment with a Chinese dune buggy brake. Since they have a cable operated parking brake, I thought I’d try one out to see if I could make it work. I like the idea of running a cable lever on the bars and no m/c up there. I don’t want an under tank m/c like I did on my last chopper. Before I was halfway done, I knew it wasn’t going to be a thing, but I saw it through anyway.

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I woke up this morning and disassembled to do the real deal. I like these twin pot Tokico calipers because they’re plentiful on EBay and often in good shape. I make what I call a butterfly bracket because of the shape, and hook it up. A mod to this caliper takes just a couple of hours. One of these days, I’ll get a mill and do it in even less time. A little vapor hone to clean it up:

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The truth is, with a vapor hone, a CB750 integrated lever and m/c is actually pretty:
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Jimbonaut

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Yeah it's pretty. I like those old school MC's and wanted something like it for my current build, ended up getting a Nissin retro mc that looks similar. Man, that vapour hone machine of yours sure is getting a work out
 

irk miller

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Retrofitted a bullet turn signal with a red LED for a tail light. I’ll add a mini LED, in the center of the lens for brake.

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john83

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I really like the hard line from the MC to the split. That’s a nice touch and looks really cool.


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irk miller

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Yes, LEDs. This is what it looks like inside. Still waiting on the lights for brake to be shipped here.

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Sonreir

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Does the LED have a driver? If the light is already bright enough you can add a 1K resistor to the power line to treat it as the running light and then another line with no resistor for the brake.
 

irk miller

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Does the LED have a driver? If the light is already bright enough you can add a 1K resistor to the power line to treat it as the running light and then another line with no resistor for the brake.
Yeah, I have done that with these style bolts before, but I don't like the brightness of this particular model bolt. I know they make them brighter. I ordered a superflux 4 chip LED to try out and 2 mini surface mount LEDs that claim to be 5 times brighter to use in combination.
 

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