Once you get going you sometimes need to slow down and stop. So I decided to put brakes on the bike. Seemed to be a logical thing to do, and that it might just come in handy too.
I looked and looked at all the different rear brake calipers out there. There were Harley ones, Aftermarket ones, chrome ones, part chrome ones and stock black ones. There just seemed to be all different kinds. To a guy that doesn’t know much about motorcycles and their parts, it just seemed like there was a lot of room for me to pick the wrong one. Since the frame is already set up with a tab welded to it for a stock style Harley rear caliper, I decided that that setup was what I was going to shoot for. I saw many different brake calipers that were modeled after the stock setup and decided that I didn’t want chrome as I felt that it might distract away from the chrome wheel. So my decision was to go with the basic black. I found a caliper that fit my parameters and made a bid on it. I won it.
I got the break lines from a local guy that I frequented. The old TwisterCity Cycle Works at 6th and Utica in Tulsa. They’re gone now, but the owner of the shop seemed to take a genuine interest in my project even though I told him I was getting most of my parts from eBay. Maybe he just wanted to see if I could actually pull it off. I don’t know. But anyway, he showed me how to hook up my brakes, both front and back and what kind of brake fluid I should use.
The way these calipers mount is the axle goes through the hole and the tab on the frame seats in the slot on the caliper frame. This prevents the caliper from rotating. The caliper seats with the tab just opposite the weld which is one of the strongest part of the tab. Of course, the pads inside the calipers straddle the rotor disk.