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    Installed the CBF500 Front Caliper........

    Thanks to Krampus. Jut, and 670cc's...........I mounted the UK version CBF500 3-pot Caliper........in Gold, for Bling!!!! One must use the CBF bracket, which is made for an ABS bike, but the added "bracketry" on the bottom is not used (here on my non-ABS 2012) and can be trimmed off. Replacement Pads can still be sourced easily on Ebay. I looked at adding the CBF500 Rear Caliper (in Gold) also, but it does not add any performance enhancements (similar to the OEM NC700X version) and was cost prohibitive ($200 for a NOS version). I have not seated-in the pads yet, but initial results from a 5 minute, 40F temp ride, tells me it's better than OEM......could be all in my head, but I'm sticking to my story. I have been "Enhanced"!!!!
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    Very nice!
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    Very nice! Take my $$, lol!

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    Beemerphile
    As a newcomer here I am very interested in your modification and impressed by your explanations. My 2014 SD could certainly benefit from a stronger front brake and I will seek a used 3 piston caliper.


    How about using a bigger master cylinder? Has anyone here done that successfully?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Beemerphile
    As a newcomer here I am very interested in your modification and impressed by your explanations. My 2014 SD could certainly benefit from a stronger front brake and I will seek a used 3 piston caliper.


    How about using a bigger master cylinder? Has anyone here done that successfully?
    I think you get a better mechanical advantage with a smaller master cylinder. That’s essentially what is happening when you install a three pot caliper instead of a two pot and use all three pots. The ratio of master cylinder to caliper cylinder is effectively like having a smaller master cylinder.

    Beemerphile sold his NC a couple years ago and I don’t see home much on this forum anymore.
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    Brake upgrade is another option vs using the 3pot. Honda NC700 NC750 Integra NM4 CTX700 346mm Brake disc with mount without caliper | eBay and then you'd need a caliper to use, I see one on eBay for $65 shipped.
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    On a non-race bike with oem single front disc setup, why wouldn't you just opt for HH friction pads instead of overhauling more expensive brake components if you wanted more performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaJD View Post
    On a non-race bike with oem single front disc setup, why wouldn't you just opt for HH friction pads instead of overhauling more expensive brake components if you wanted more performance?

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    If not HH, what is the rating of the stock NC pads?

    I only ask because the genuine Honda pads I recently installed on my Goldwing were HH. I’ve never taken my NC pads out so I don’t know what rating they have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    If not HH, what is the rating of the stock NC pads?

    I only ask because the genuine Honda pads I recently installed on my Goldwing were HH. I’ve never taken my NC pads out so I don’t know what rating they have.
    There's another recent brake thread on here, I'd have to dig to find it, but I don't think oem NC pads are HH, could be wrong though. Or maybe the debate was between sintered and organic in that thread, can't remember.. People usually throw off on grippy pads with the excuse that they wear out rotors like it happens overnight or something. I've always upgraded my bikes' brakes, even my current Vulcan Nomad, to EBC HH pads and it makes a world of difference.

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    I have fresh HH pads on my NC. Front brake is recently bled. Braking is still solidly meh vs what I'm used to, especially when loaded down... then again, the brakes on my other bikes aren't stock either. The 6pot Beringer setup on my KTM costs more than half what I spent on the NC, the 4pot MotoMaster caliper and matching master on my WR450 wasn't cheap either, my SV has R6 calipers and a 19RCS master which is the cheapest of the 3.

    Obviously I don't expect to recreate any of those on this bike, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like an upgrade.
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