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Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arrived

Postby yves norton seeley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:31 am

After 4 long months of waiting. I receive my Fontana 210mm 2ls magnesium drum brake.
The Fontana is replacing the Yamaha TD/TZ rear brake that was installed on my Seeley.
Like my Fontana 250mm 4ls drum brake, the rear Fontana is working beautifully.
Progressive and powerfull; it matches the front brake perfecly!
Forget the stories about blocking the weel's with Fontana's, if you use modern tyres with
modern compounds, it should never be happening (at least I hope so!)
The next step will be to change the rim and the spokes, becouse the rim I received with the brake
was not really made for a 210mm drum; its spokes are slightly bent.
In the far future I wish to change my TTI 5 speed gearbox for a 6 speed TTI... I know thereis no objective reason to do that, but it's my pleasure!
So long
Yves
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Postby Fast Eddie » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:51 am

Looking good Yves!

Let me know when you get your 6 speed box and I'll take that rough old 5 speed thing out of your way :wink:
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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby yves norton seeley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:59 am

Fast Eddie wrote:Looking good Yves!

Let me know when you get your 6 speed box and I'll take that rough old 5 speed thing out of your way :wink:


The TTI 5 speed is not a close ratio but the first gear is a little bit longer as stock

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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby cjandme » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:14 am

Fast Eddie wrote:Looking good Yves!

+1 - truly outstanding!
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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby worntorn » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:16 am

Yves, if I had your money I would throw my money away :mrgreen:

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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby aceaceca » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:44 pm

Big drums just look good on period bikes. Yours is definitely in that category. I recall ogling over huge drum brakes used on Cunningham cars at his museum south of here somewhere in LA .
Worth a visit if it is still there. Sorry, it was a long time ago. Now go to Naples , Florida.

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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby acotrel » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:44 pm

Yves, your bike might not be entirely functional, but the good stuff you have on it makes it really worth looking at. The rear brake on a race bike actually doesn't do much other than just steady the bike as you brake. But that Fontana looks really great. Most of the crashes I've had while racing have been due to drum brakes - there are too many ways they can be wrong. And even when they are right, you often cannot safely grab a big handful. Disc brakes are much more reliable, in fact the three discs on my Seeley are a major factor which makes it competitive, - if you can brake hard with confidence, you can go much faster.
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Postby acotrel » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:53 pm

One thing which I can't quite figure out is what Yve's bike represents. Perhaps it is the natural extension of what the Gus Kuhn Seeleys might have become, if the race class had not ended ? The drum brakes put it in the sixties, and a six speed box was just becoming available. So there doesn't seem to be much anachronistic about the bike. To my mind, that is where the value lies in the project. When you see something like that, if you know what you are looking at - it evokes a strong sense of nostalgia.
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Postby acotrel » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:57 pm

Yves, would you please post a photo of the right hand side of the bike ? I am very impressed. - You have set an example for others to follow.
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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby yves norton seeley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:27 pm

worntorn wrote:Yves, if I had your money I would throw my money away :mrgreen:

Glen

Hi Glen
If you had my money, you will be a poor man just like me, at 67 years old I work every day to pay the stuff on my bike.
The true is that I have a ritch women and she take care of the financial side of our live, Marina is disabled (MS) but I take care for here night and day
She understand my passion for motorcycles and thats great
Thanks Marina, love you so!

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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby yves norton seeley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:45 pm

acotrel wrote:Yves, your bike might not be entirely functional, but the good stuff you have on it makes it really worth looking at. The rear brake on a race bike actually doesn't do much other than just steady the bike as you brake. But that Fontana looks really great. Most of the crashes I've had while racing have been due to drum brakes - there are too many ways they can be wrong. And even when they are right, you often cannot safely grab a big handful. Disc brakes are much more reliable, in fact the three discs on my Seeley are a major factor which makes it competitive, - if you can brake hard with confidence, you can go much faster.

Hi Acotrel,
If you are built like a mexican chiken, then the rare brake will not be so important, but if you are built like a belgiam pig like me, I weight 0.1 ton, the rear brake is usefull
My bike is very functional, iI ride 10.000 kms/year
Last week, a dutch magazine did a test ride with the Seeley and I receive only good comments, also on the drum brakes

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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby yves norton seeley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:49 pm

acotrel wrote:Yves, would you please post a photo of the right hand side of the bike ? I am very impressed. - You have set an example for others to follow.

I will do it tomorow, thanks for the good comments
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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby Fullauto » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:35 pm

Fabulous!
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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby bsaboss » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:59 pm

You deserve every bit of joy that your beautiful Norton brings you!

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Re: Finally my Fontana magnesium 2ls rear drum brake has arr

Postby Mr. Rick » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:20 pm

I wonder if you really need a new rim, Yves?
Looks like you could make it work just with shorter spokes, and trading the inner spokes for the outers, as regards placement/lacing.
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