Tokico

I wanted the Alcon Triumph six pots but they have proved illusive soo far..back to my old mate ebay sorted out a pair of 3000 mile old Tokico six pots of a ZX9R, they turned up covered in brake fluid and crap, typical stuff from a breaker !! These calipers are fitted to a variety of Jap stuff Hayabusa, ZX6R, early GSXR1000, GSX1400 a few 1200 Bandits...so long as they have 90mm (ctr to ctr) between the caliper mounting holes you should be ok.

Underneath all that crap they turned out to be as described, I've given them a quick clean up (still got to pump out the pistons and do them) and fitted polished stainless caliper body bolts, stainless bleed nipples and new rubber caps, stainless pads spring retaining bolts and finally rubbed over the lettering with sand paper to get rid of the corrosion !! I'm going to fit them with new braided lines (one to each caliper ala racing set up) which will dump the splitter under the headlight...



I've bought some new pads, I've gone for EBC organic because of cost, performance and wear, FA188 is the order code. Bought Goodridge build a line stainless braided hoses & fixings, one line per caliper as planned, it's also cheaper this way as three lines requires more banjos and of cause an extra line..! a couple of stainless P clips for the hoses and I was ready for the swop.



The old system needed bleeding through to empty the fluid reservoir, my trusty Mytivac sucked out the brake fluid in no time, then I simply unbolted the old system. The 6 pot calipers are a no brainer as they just bolt on...before this I had clamped the calipers into a vice and attached the hoses, this allowed me to torque the banjos on at 25NM and tighten the hose on as well, I then attached the caliper to the fork leg and fed the hose up through the P clip that attached to where the hose splitter was & the horn mount is, off up to the master cylinder leaving the fixings at the top loose allowing me to arrange and twiddle them into the best position when needed.





You get one long hose, left hand caliper 700mm, and one short hose 675mm right hand caliper, so best sort them out before hand..cough like I did..cough (not). Once I was happy with the positions I torqued up the top banjo and hoses and tightened the P clips and Horns into place, you may have to unbolt the headlight to allow room for an allen key at this point.

So far so good...

BUT then I bought a Sprint Sport that had those sort after Alcons fitted...yippee and ding dong !

The were in a bit of a state and needed a lot of cleaning, I found bicarb of soda and a non scratch dish sponge was the only thing that was going to remove the baked on brake dust. The pistons on the Alcons are ceramic and move so freely even when in a right old state, quality stuff indeed, I replaced the caliper body bolts with stainless sourced new pad pins and springs (best part of 30..ouch, thankyou Triumph).

So I took the Tokicos and fitted them to the Sprint and the alcons to the Speed Triple...The Alcons require a sharper bend on the banjo to clear the fork legs as the hose attaches higher on the caliper than the stock brakes or the Tokicos.. as you can see from the pictures.

Twin lines



Ooohhh bling



Bleeding both sets of brakes in was fairly easy thanks to a Mityvac vacuum bleeder, the Alcon especially have a larger than stock bleed nipple and will empty a reservoir of brake fluid almost as fast as I can pour it in...!!

Performance...now this is what all this spannering and expense is all about. Well first up the Tokicos, it might not be the fairest comparison as the Sprint is heavier than the Speed Triple and is due for the forks to have an overhaul but the good news is the Tokicos are better than the stock 4 pots, they have a similar feel and travel at the lever (which if freshly bled is not too bad)initial bit is similar also..as they get squeezed on the change becomes more apparent as braking gets stronger & stronger whereas with the 4 pots you were aware that sometimes they just didn't have any more to give leading to some oooh feck moments and maybe even some novel escape routes being planned !!! Once the brakes have a little heat in them they get better still..so all in all definitely worth the upgrade.

The Alcons however are in a different league, travel at the lever in minimal, the feel is fantastic, initial bit is not too fierce but as soon as the front tire starts to bit hard you can lift the rear in a sort of rolling stoppie no problems...the action at the lever means there is plenty of room to brake and blip the throttle to down change all at once...seriously if you get the opportunity to get hold of some of these don't pass it up. God knows what they would be like with some HH pads or somesuch fitted ??