Anyone who's ridden an old early model Honda will remember that, while they had wonderful revvy engines and sweet gearboxes, they were severely hampered by their braking system. My 1978 500/4 was such a bike. It was in excellent condition, but the single, pivoted caliper front brake coupled with a stainless steel disk, meant that braking in the wet was diabolical. There was always that "heart in the mouth" couple of seconds after you applied the brake before the caliper squeegeed the water off the disk and the pad started to bite. Honda and the other manufacturers knew that stainless disks weren't as effective as cast iron ones as fitted to the Pommie and Italian bikes, but persisted with them because they didn't rust and so didn't spoil the look of the bike. SERIOUSLY, this is fact. Here is a picture of a 500/4 with the standard front end. http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/500-4_Black.jpg Anyway, I devised a novel and cheap solution to my braking problems. A friend in the roadracing club was madly into Suzuki GT750's, the so-called "water buffalo" A 3 cylinder, water-cooled triple. He had just wrecked one and offered me the whole front end, including wheel which was a nice, Boranni, triple spoked item in alloy, for $80. I did some measurements and found that the fork diameter was the same as my bike only the axle length was a few mils longer. A few spacers solved that problem and the forks bolted right up. Now, that meant I would have two disks instead of one, but they were still stainless, solid disks. So Allen, the guy I bought the gear off, took the disks to work (he worked in the nuclear lab at the ANU in Canberra) and had the disks drilled according to the pattern that was then being used on the "works" TR750 Road Racers running in the World Formula 750 Championship. He removed around a kilo of metal from each disk by this process. When he'd finished and I put it all together it looked like this http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/500-4_1.jpg And, close-up http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~vfr750/MyBikePics/500-4_2.jpg For just over $100 I now had a 500/4 that handled heaps better, courtesy of a fork brace that I had fitted underneath the mudguard, and stopped better, wet or dry. Pretty good investment in my book.