Well i had an exciting afternoon, here is the story; So i head over to Balmain Motorcycle Tyres/Mechanic shop (well known in sydney for cheap tyres) to get a new front put on my VFR after getting them to put a rear on a few days earlier. I get it done, and start to head to the old road to scrub them in and kill some time. I get up to old road, and am riding downhill through the 80 zone, taking it very easy on the front. for some reason, maybe the spider senses told me something was NQR, for this reason i was doing only 65. I come to the tightening radius left downhill corner. I start to brake down from 65 to 40, (as i am also entering roadworks a sign says 40kph, when suddenly all hell breaks loose. The front of the bike starts pogo-ing up and down and making all manner of crazy noises, and generally flopping from side to side. It screeches to a halt with a smell of burnt rubber, i still have no fcuking idea what has happened, but it soon becomes apparent my bike is totally immobile. I think maybe the new tyre has catastrophically let go, or maybe something got tangled in my back wheel locking it. I ascertain that my fronts locked, and count my blessings a million times over that it happened as i was going about 50kph not moments earlier on the F3 doing 110. I ring the workshop, and ask them if the perhaps did anything to my brakes, when asked why i let them know that me and my bike just came to an abrupt and unexpected halt because the fronts locked on. While talking too him i spot the missing top bolt of my caliper, and ask the guy if perhaps he knows how this might have happened. He doesnt. I ask if he would like to send a van or ute to the old road to collect their client who very nearly had himself sliding along a road only 40mins after you worked on their bike. He tells me he cant spare the staff currently, but they do have a van, i tell him would he be interested in paying for my tow truck back to balmain, he says no, i suggest we split the costs, he says no. fcuking ****. He tells me i should find some zip ties or maybe some wire and bodge it and then ride it back to balmain...from old road...about 55km through an entire city, and he says zip ties will do me fine when a steel bolt wouldnt. I force my caliper back to its proper position and begin the ride up to Old Road cafe, i notice quickly that the slightest touch causes the caliper to shift and lock and even bumps cause mini lock ups if the caliper shifts too far forward. Interest. I arrive at Old Road Cafe and beg for some zip ties, but they are fresh out. They tell me to go to kariong and beg some auto repairers, i decide that going further away from sydney at this point isnt a steller idea and make the decision to ride my bike 55km back to balmain, with no front brakes, on a bike with a rear brake that i use literally once a month tops, also im not that great at the rear it, and my reactions cause me to jam the fronts on in any kind of emergency, not the rear like many riders. What was once an awesome reaction that saved my ass is now a death sentence every time i need to slow down and my hand goes for the brake. I grab my throttle with a full fist and grip it tightly, figuring if i just keep my hand locked onto it, i will be able to suppress my muscle memory. So i begin a long trip back to balmain, literally repeating out loud DONT TOUCH THE FRONT OR YOU WILL DIE the entire time. Other than a few close calls and time spent waiting for my bike to cool, because it was a very hot day today and i didnt feel like going that fast on a bike with no brakes. Me and the VFR made it back to Balmain incident free, though it was probably one of the most stressful rides ive ever done. The guys apologised and fixed the bike, i didn't really rage at them, knowing that they wouldnt be any help and that i could just rage here and hopefully prevent some netriders from experiencing the same fate that i nearly did. Also the owner wasnt in today, so figured it would fall on deaf ears anyway. TLDR, Never ever go to balmain motorcycles no matter how cheap they seem. It actually pains me to say that, cus they seemed like top blokes and i had a good chat with the owner last time i was there about the VFR. But i mean, getting a brake caliper bolt done up properly is something with 0 room for error. I was fcuking lucky, and so where they, Not sending out a van or even agreeing to split a tow truck on a clients vehicle you nearly caused to be written off, with also large human consequences is very negligent in my books. I told them that if i dont make it home i would sue them for a new NC24 and medical costs. Lucky for them i did, a new NC24 or restoring mine would likely be a fcuking lot of money. here is a photo! https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1480722_10152207822165910_1480586136_n.jpg Thanks for reading all that, DONT BUY TYRES FROM BALMAIN! A friend of mine's BF who rides told me that he has had 3 bikes worked on there, all with many issues after they worked on them, in his words 'they blew up'. This is what i get for being cheap, from now on, motorcycle weaponry all fcuking day! even for things as simple for tires.