REVIEW: ESP SCOOTERS DISC BRAKES
by Craig Bachler
It's probably not as sexy to talk about slowing down as speeding
up, but good braking is often where scooters fall short. With as
many kits that are on the market (Imola, TS1, etc..) we all need
to think about slowing down while we're speeding up. As these top-end
kits have become more abundant, products to help slow us down have
Scooters in Lancashire, UK, are now selling their own disc brake
set-up. Eric Tudor, proprietor, has been a long-time scooterist
and opened his doors just over 5 years ago. With an emhasis on
engineering, ESP has developed a very capable product range,
including an outboard disc brake that mounts effortlessley to
series 3 disc-links. Along with their beautiful aluminum long
tank, they will be offering double front-disc brake, rear disc
brake, and hydraulic clutch. ESP also opened a museum featuring
more than 70 scoots. Good, good stuff.
It's a retro-fitted Li hub with a Nissin 2-piston caliper and
a BIG disc. It bolts nicely onto Ser3 disc brake links. [fig1.]
unit comes rebuilt with new bearings and seals and new speedo
drive. The hub is finished
in silver and the fit and finish is very good. The bracket that
mounts the caliper is a beauty. At the headset, ESP provides
master cylinder and modified bar-end housing (the bar-end
unit in fig2 is not the
same as provided by ESP Scooters, but the master cylinder
the same). [fig2.]
you need to do:
Once you've mounted your throttle-side bar-end unit, you'll
need to route the hydraulic line. With the banjo-fitting
finger-tight, notch the top and bottom of your headset to accept
the line. Route the line in a graceful
bend down behind the headset-clamp and guide it to the bottom
of the fork. Let it dangle.
your rim/tire to the (new) hub. Then mount the whole damn
thing to the links. The axle washers
and nuts are provided.
The right-side leading stud is now a 10mmX1.5 bolt to the new
bracket. Hook up your hydraulic line, tighten the fitting
at the headset,
bleed it, and you're done (email me at email@example.com if
you need help bleeding, or any other part of this procedure)!!
How it works:
The brake works very well. It's a very smooth and even transition
from a light tug down to a hard grab. Careful, because it can
easily buck you off your scooter. This will stop you FAST.
That is what we want. Ride fast?? Sure, but clamp H-A-R-D.
You'll ride longer.
go ride already!!