new GL1100-question about simplified brake setup?

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new GL1100-question about simplified brake setup?

Post by sbaugz »

I previously owned a GL1100 and was active here. I sold that a few years back to help fund the new home construction.
Now I am back in the game, so to speak. I am building a naked bobber/ cafe style bike for my brother- using his 1983 GL1100.

His brakes are a complete mess. They are frozen up, leaking, etc. Because we are simplifying the bike, I want to do away with the front/rear connected brake setup. Does anyone have recommendations or a tutorial here that discusses converting to a standard front/ rear setup where the front lever controls both front calipers and the rear lever control the rear brakes?

I would assume I could just run a two line setup from front master cylinder to both front brakes. What size/ bore master cylinder is needed for this setup?

Regarding the rear, is there a master cylinder swap that would allow a single braided steel line to go from the back master cylinder to the stock back brakes?

Thanks for the assistance.

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Re: new GL1100-question about simplified brake setup?

Post by DaveO430 »

You would have to get a larger bore front master (15mm or 5/8"), off something with dual front brakes. I adapted a valkyre rear master cyl. to an 1100 with not much trouble.
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