Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
Tony, Your mention of the linked brakes on a Honda gives me an opening to proclaim with pride that Moto Guzzi invented and introduced the "Integral Braking System" in the mid 70's. Both of my Guzzi's - a 1980 and a 1984 - are equipped with this system, which uses the foot brake pedal to actuate the rear caliper and the left front caliper together. This enables hard, drama-free stops using only the foot pedal, with much less brake dive than with conventional systems. With the integral brakes, the bike simply squats, as both wheels are braked simultaneously, like on a car. If you want to stop even harder, then there is the right front caliper, operated by a conventional master cylinder. It is a great system, and represented at the time a major leap forward in moto safety. It's the next best thing to ABS, which was not available at that era. Some Guzzi riders "delink" the Integral System, because it is different from the conventional brakes they are accustomed to and it feels strange to them. But if you give it a chance, you will likely come away with the feeling that the Integral System offers the best brakes you have used short of an ABS system. I would never consider changing the Integral System on my Guzzis.
Subsequent to Guzzi's introduction of the Integral System, other manufacturers, most notably BMW and Honda, have adopted the same principle, usually a bit more complex than Guzzi's system in execution.
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
2015 390 Duke
1980 Moto Guzzi V50 II cafe racer
1984 Moto Guzzi SP 1000
Last edited by Diploman; 05-13-2016 at 07:37 PM.