Su­per six-pots!

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - FEEDBACK -

Un­wrap­ping the March edi­tion of CMM I couldn’t be­lieve the ar­ti­cle ‘Su­per-sixes or pish-pots’, which I’m con­vinced was writ­ten for me! Back in De­cem­ber 2017 I pur­chased a 2000 Kawasaki ZX-7R, which came with non-stock Nissin four-pots. Be­ing non-stock and af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that I was un­able to re­move the calipers with­out hav­ing to re­move the front wheel and brake discs, in Fe­bru­ary I de­cided to change them for fully re­fur­bished To­kico six-pots sup­plied by Pow­er­house; and as your ar­ti­cle rightly states, ‘the brake caliper ex­perts’. So, armed with fully re­fur­bished calipers and new Ven­hill hoses and aware that these calipers have a rep­u­ta­tion for trap­ping air when bleed­ing I opted for re­verse bleed­ing, a method that forces air up­wards as na­ture in­tended. To date, I haven’t com­pleted many miles with the To­ki­cos but I’m very im­pressed with them so far. Un­aware of the Face­book de­bate (what’s Face­book?), here is my two-penny worth: any­one who has de­vel­oped a prod­uct for com­mer­cial re­lease ap­pre­ci­ates the end­less test­ing that the prod­uct is sub­jected to. I can only imag­ine that the six-pots were tested to death by the To­kico en­gi­neers and only signed off once fully happy with the de­sign. As a re­sult, I won­der if there is a case of a bad gar­dener blam­ing their tools for those that be­lieve there is some­thing in­her­ently wrong with To­kico six-pot calipers. Gra­ham Seed Ber­tie says: “Glad you like the ar­ti­cle, Gra­ham! More ‘Big Ques­tions’ on their way soon!”

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