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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 02:48 PM   #1
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Upgrading stock brake master

Looking to upgrade my stock brake master cylinder on my 959. My bike is track only, and Iíve gotten mixed opinions so far as to what Brembo I should be using.
I was told a 19x17, 19x18, 19rcs, and a 17rcs. Has anyone upgraded and to what?


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This has been talked about before. If you do a search, good luck, you should be able to find what ratio you are looking for. The racers on here can give you more info.
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 07:51 PM   #3
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Old Nov 6th 2017, 03:19 AM   #4
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If you can find one, the Brembo 17RCS is what is designed for those calipers. I did a lot of research before upgrading mine on the 1299S, and even mounted a 19RCS that I have, but the feel was way too firm, almost wooden. I couldn't get a good modulation for braking, especially with the BrakeTech CMC rotors. The 17RCS doesn't push as much fluid, and I have much better feel and modulation when braking. The 19x17 and 19x18 would work as well, but Brembo specifically released the 17RCS to pair with this caliper. With that said, if you read around, the 17RCS is supposedly discontinued, and they recommend replacement with the.... 19RCS...

So, as I mentioned, I have the 17RCS on the 1299S, and have great, one finger stopping power, and amazing feel, similar to the 19RCS with Brembo HP calipers I have on my 07 R1.
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If you can find one, the Brembo 17RCS is what is designed for those calipers. I did a lot of research before upgrading mine on the 1299S, and even mounted a 19RCS that I have, but the feel was way too firm, almost wooden. I couldn't get a good modulation for braking, especially with the BrakeTech CMC rotors. The 17RCS doesn't push as much fluid, and I have much better feel and modulation when braking. The 19x17 and 19x18 would work as well, but Brembo specifically released the 17RCS to pair with this caliper. With that said, if you read around, the 17RCS is supposedly discontinued, and they recommend replacement with the.... 19RCS...

So, as I mentioned, I have the 17RCS on the 1299S, and have great, one finger stopping power, and amazing feel, similar to the 19RCS with Brembo HP calipers I have on my 07 R1.
he has a 959 which has different calipers than the M50's ont he 1199/1299 (in which you need a 17RCS)

the 899/959 uses a 19RCS.
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Looking to upgrade my stock brake master cylinder on my 959. My bike is track only, and Iíve gotten mixed opinions so far as to what Brembo I should be using.
I was told a 19x17, 19x18, 19rcs, and a 17rcs. Has anyone upgraded and to what?


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The 19x18, 19x20 or the 19RCS are the correct ones. The RCS line is not a race master, it's a "performance" master with a brake light switch, designed to be put on bikes that are street or street/track. My OPINION, and I practice what I preach on this, is if it's a TRACK only bike, just put a regular Brembo racing master on it, not the RCS. The RCS has more little parts to break and doesn't hold up in a crash as well. The basic 19x18 or 19x20 racing masters are also cheaper than the RCS. If you are a brake snob, then go for the billet ones, you will have WSBK-quality braking.

The choice between 19x18 or 19x20 is just personal preference for what kind of braking feel you like. I prefer the 19x20, which his a firmer lever feel and less lever travel. That's mainly because I have short fingers and I like the run the lever closer to the handlebar, and I've gotten used to it. Some people ride my bikes and comment how the brakes are too "touchy" for them. Most people prefer 19x18, which is a more traditional braking lever feel with a little more travel. Another way to say it is the 19x20 you modulate the braking more with PRESSURE and with the 19x18 you modulate the braking more with LEVER TRAVEL, if that makes sense.
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We do have some Brembo Masters we're selling from a track bike we're parting out if you're interested, see the thread here:

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Just throwing another name out there. I have an adjustable ratio accosato MC on my Triumph. Cheaper than the Brembo offerings. Iím really happy with it. Excellent feel and power.
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I just installed a Galespeed adjustable and I'm very impressed with the build quality. Up to par or exceeds my brembo billet clutch master.


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