Replying to my own post here, but I confirmed that the three piston 2012-2013 NC700X caliper does have a different mounting bracket. While I never tried to mount a three pot caliper on a two pot bracket, I'm going to suggest that it doesn't fit, because the caliper bolt spacing is 0.25 inch different between the two types. So for those contemplating the switch, be aware that a new bracket might be needed, which new from Honda might cost just as much as the used caliper you might have come across.The two pot NC caliper mounts to the fork leg with a bracket, but the 3 pot NC caliper has a different mounting bracket, if I recall correctly. Maybe you need the different intermediate bracket, which I think places the caliper farther out and lower. I'm not near my bikes now to verify, but a search in illustrated parts listings for 2012 DCT vs manual would confirm or deny.
I can look at my 2 pot bike vs my 3 pot bike next week and tell you if the bracket is different. It may be that the bracket difference is just the mount for the abs sensor.
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
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?
If not HH, what is the rating of the stock NC pads?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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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.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.
For sure, and I can get down with anything regarding more performance. I haven't found, even with what I assume to still be the stock pads, any braking issues for the most part, even when riding hard. I hit the downshift buttons and let the engine do half the braking for me.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.