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    Disk Brake, Convince Me

    Or more accurately, talk me out of it. I have been looking to convert my '99 to disk front primarily to handle loads/occasional 2 up riding, but is it really worth it? I realize drums are dangerous after a water crossing, but for how rarely that happens I'm not too concerned that aspect.

    The drum also would appear more durable off-road. Anyone with experience with both want to weigh in? I'm thinking the conversion would cost in the neighborhood of $350.

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    I have ridden both.

    Not worth it.

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    I own a 99 and a 15 and am getting rid of my 99 mostly because I am sick of the crappy drum brake compared to the disc. Try to take out a bike with the disc and I think you will easily decide if it is worth it or not.
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    My humble opinion - not worth 350. Keep the drum setup in good working order. Lots a places I’d rather spend that 350. But I get why people want them. I just don’t see a big enough difference between my 01 and 96.
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    Get the disc.
    Stronger.
    Lighter.
    Easier to modulate.
    Fewer parts.
    No adjustments needed.
    Not as affected by water, dirt, mud.
    Better "feel".
    Safer.
    There are good, sound reasons all manufacturers have switched to discs.
    Get the disc.


    Worth $350? What is your sweet tushie worth?
    Another option: Get a newer bike w/disc.
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    The choice is on you. It depends how much you need to slow down and how easy 350.00 comes to you. In my opinion, yes it's worth it. Very much so. Front drums suck. Don't forget you'll need the speedo drive too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty Blackstone View Post
    I have ridden both.

    Not worth it.
    I'm with Smitty on this one, i don't think its at all worth it. I don't own a TW with a drum but i have owned lots of dirt bikes with drums. There is nothing wrong with a drum and when when adjusted properly they are plenty strong enough for a bike like a TW. The biggest thing you will notice with a disc is feel not power, they simply feel better than a cable driven drum.
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    I wouldn't spend $5 to change. Especially on a low HP, lightweight bike like the TW.
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    I've had both over the last 45 years almost exclusively all on dual sport bikes. I have seen fade from water crossings with a drum but nothing horrible that I couldn't deal with. Like everything else both have pro's and con's. Disk do feel better and easy to detect wear before a problem arises. Given the option I would choose a disk every time however I am not sure I would pay $350 extra to have it especially when replacing a perfect functioning drum set-up. I would say that if I drove hard and needed the security of shorter stopping distances then I might consider it. I explain it to people this way, even is the disk system gives just 12" of shorter stopping ability that could be the difference from stopping right at an immovable object to seriously damaging yourself and your bike if the drum still has 12" more to travel forward.
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    I'm glad to get so much input! I have a trail tech so the speedometer cable isn't a concern. The other kicker is I already have an extra drum front wheel that was included with my bike, so I could keep my 428s on for 80% of the riding I do and have another set of wheels to swap out to something more aggressive. Though part of me wonders if the trouble would be worth it, I may just be better off finding a tire that works for 99% of my riding.

    If the disk can cope with 250lbs + reasonably maybe it would be fine. I probably should just find a TW with a disk to test out.
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