The location of the rear brakes on a Triumph bonneville is not an ideal position considering the road conditions in India and especially more so if you are an off roader.
There are many reasons for that and we still aren’t sure why Triumph has that location in mind for the position of the rear calliper. Our best guess is Looks!
Its designed in such a way that the brake calliper sits at the bottom; like a cup; collecting all the dirt and grime that is stuck between the brake pads and that is dispersed from it. To sum it up:-
- The dirt and grime easily get stuck in it. Gravity doesn’t help and it keeps on accumulating.
- As a maintenance checklist the Inaccessible location behind the silencers makes it difficult to inspect.
- it kind of Lowers your rear ground clearance. Well not actually but for folks that off road they would know that the location is extremely prone to damage by rocks and clogging with mud. While there is a drain its just for water to seep in.
- The life of the break pads really decreased because of this position. The dirt and grime doesn’t move out as freely and even when it does there is more dirt going in because of its position and location.
- If you are in a country where there is salt on the roads its a nightmare and you can guaranteed issues of the pad sliding pins and corrosion.
Available suppliers for relocation
- Bike Bandits
- Free spirit
- Triumph Twin Power
Read our article on how to install the relocation brackets on triumph bonneville and How to bleed brakes