I'm sitting at the crossroads and would like some info. Probably our Bros across the pond know the answer in their sleep, but here goes.
I'm seriously thinking of updating the front brake on Frankie. the current 190mm BSA just isn't cutting it. Looks grand, but that's it. It's a poser. From all I've heard and know first hand, the TLS brake from 67-69 on BSA's and Triumphs is a good working unit. Likewise all I've heard about the later conical in stock condition is that it's bad. I've also heard the Conical can be fixed,the usual "fix" quoted is altering the actuating arms.
Here's my situation. I can fit the conical right to the current front end on Frankie. Made to go there, a bolt on. But, I don't have one. I have a damaged but reclaimable earlier TLS front hub. Using it would, of course, require money and adaptation to work. (drum has broken spoke mounting flange and would need to be replaced).
Any opinions on what's the best option? Of course, if anyone wants to donate an Eddy Dow TLS adaption to my 190mm drum and save me loads of trouble, by all means send it off
I don't want to go disk. It defeats the purpose of building a sixties cafe bike. And, my memory of the 67 TLS on a Daytona was it was a very impressive brake, so I kinda lean that way. But it'll probably take more work than the Conical, and we all feel the same way about work.
All opinions welcome. Doesn't mean I'll listen, but hey, there's a lot of that around here, right? We're used to it