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What are the benefits of a radial master cylinder?

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I'm shopping for a new master cyclinder for my CRF. (I'm currently using the stock MC with a Motomaster race kit.) I noticed lots of people use radial master cyclinders but also noticed conventional ones are about a 1/3 of the cost of radial ones. So...

Why do radial master cylinders cost so much more and what does that buy you? Thanks!

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Leverage and size. They take up less room on the bar, they are lighter and they provide true one-finger braking.

Are they worth the cost? That's up to you. They are pretty trick. Do you need that much braking force? Dunno. I will say that the first time I rode a bike with a radial master cylinder I almost dropped it just walking it around in the parking lot. I would not lend your bike out without a stern warning about the brakes.

Of course you will still need good caliper(s), rotor(s), pads, steel braided lines and proper bleeding. Otherwise you are just wasting your money.

HTH.

J

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the master cylinder that i use is off the new 04 R1. 16mm, brembo. retail is around $150 for everything, my cost was around $80... which is DAMN good. great set up, need to use with a braking caliper and steel braided lines. i love it!

dan

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