Brembo solidifies its partnership with major motorcycle manufacturers and participates in EICMA, supplying original equipment braking systems for the most prestigious models on exhibit at the Milan event. These bikes include the new Suzuki GSXR-1000, the Triumph Tiger 1200 and Thruxton, the Kawasaki ZX 10-R and ZZR 1400 Performance Sport and the Harley Davidson Street 500/750.
A choice like this confirms Brembo's role as the global leader in braking systems for twowheelers, which was also demonstrated by the success it had at competitions: this year, bikes equipped with Brembo brakes won all of the 18 MotoGP races (with Yamaha and Honda) and all of the 26 World Superbike Championships (with Kawasaki, Ducati and Aprilia).
Brembo M50 monobloc calipers, Brembo 330 mm brake discs, and the Brembo radial master cylinder are used to keep the new 200-horsepower Kawasaki ZX 10-R in check.
Furthermore, Brembo and Kawasaki jointly developed the new BRM11H brake pad compound for the ZX 10-R.
The Brembo 4-piston M50 calipers measuring 30 millimetres in diameter equip the best supersport bikes in the world. They are even part of the original equipment on the Kawasaki ZZR 1400 Performance Sport.
To complete the braking system for this 300 km/h touring bike are the Brembo radial master cylinder and the 310 mm brake discs.
The Suzuki GSXR-1000 stands firm with the Brembo radial M4.32 caliper, a 4-piston monobloc with a 32-millimetre diameter and an inter-axis mount measuring 108 mm.
New for the Hamamatsu supersport bikes are the Brembo 320 x 5 front brake discs dubbed Combined Current Pin Disc and T-drive Technology, which replace the 310-millimetre brake discs on the 2015 model.
After Daytona, Triumph has opted for Brembo braking systems on the Tiger 1200 and the Thruxton as well: the English adventure-touring bike avails itself of the already mentioned Brembo M4.32 caliper, which is combined with a pair of Brembo floating discs measuring 305 x 4.5 mm.
The same brake discs are also used on the modern version of the classic Thruxton sport bike, but instead it utilises the Brembo monobloc M4.34 caliper with 4 pistons and a 34-millimetre diameter.
Ten years after kicking off the collaboration with Harley Davidson, Brembo has built up a new range of products for the small (the seat is just 710 mm high and has a dry weight of 223 kg) American Custom bike, the Harley Davidson Street 500/750. The new components demonstrate that today's Harley riders are loyal to the lifestyle and values of the Milwaukee company and demand the best in braking performance.
Compared to the model launched on the market last year, the 2016 version of the Street 500/750 offers a series of technical solutions that guarantee excellent results in terms of immediate response and brake modulation for use in all conditions. The aesthetic and chromatic traits of the six new components are in line with the distinct style of the legendary custom bike from the United States. All of the calipers are finished in black and integrate perfectly with the four colour options of the Street 750: Black Denim, Vivid Black, Superior Blue and Fire Red.
The front floating dual-piston caliper is set left and measures 30/32 millimetres in diameter.
This works hand-in-hand with the 3 1/2-square inch (22.8 cm2) brake pads and the aluminium caliper support. Instead, the rear floating dual-piston caliper is set right and measures 28 mm in diameter, interplaying with 2.5-square inch (16.5 cm2) brake pads and
an aluminium caliper support.
Both are coupled with Brembo steel alloy brake discs measuring 300 mm in diameter and 6 mm thick. These specifications guarantee contained operating temperatures, which prevent stretching the brake lever and therefore ensure a ready-response from the system. The front and rear discs are aesthetically similar but are subject to different manufacturing. The Brembo master cylinders are very different from each other, with the exception of the black finishing (body and plug).
The front master cylinder is made in pressure die cast aluminium and is axial with 13 mm pistons and a 24.5 cm3 reservoir. The black lever design was made specifically for the Harley Davidson. The rear master cylinder also has a black finishing with a 21 cm3 separate reservoir, an integrated push rod, and 14 mm diameter pistons.