TLS parts - what resale value?

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Apr 15, 2004
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A guy over on is interested in buying my TLS parts when I eventually finish the disk conversion. Was wondering what they might be worth? The drum and sliders are beautifully polished, I have new shoes with Ferodo linings, and the wheel has an original steel rim with very good chrome. Not show quality but very nice for a rider.

Haven't decided if I'm going to pull the forks apart and just sell the sliders (easier to package and ship) or sell the forks complete. Stanchions are heavily pitted but everything else is good.

As no one has given you a reply yet Debby, I will try & help.

The TLS brake plate complete alone will bring you around $200 US.
The rim spokes & hub should bring you another $200 US.

I watch ebay regularly & have seen the TLS brake plate go for around that price many a time.
The rim & hub, I am guestimating a bit.

Good luck & don't sell it too cheap. They are getting harder to find.
Oh yeah, the sliders are also getting harder to find for the drum brake & you should get $70 maybe for that also.....?

Now that I have commented, I am sure there will be more............
Lets play "the price is right" :D
Well that's good news! Will really help defray the expense of my disk brake conversion. I've spent a lot of money accumulating those parts over the last 6 months. And now the stanchions have to go back to the machinist to have the grooves recut. No choice really because the old stanchions are shot.

I hadn't thought of selling the back plate separate from the wheel. Thanks!

I really don't understand why anyone would want to put such a POC brake on their bike. Their decision though. I'll do what I can to assist :)

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Hi Debby,

I hesitated to give you a price for the brake and glad nortonfan could. I agree they have been going for a lot on e-bay. Seems there's a new crop of norton parts buyers that aren't aware of the "POC" brake or are buying them because they're "retro". In the past you couldn't give them away as everyone wanted the disc. Looks like e-bay can be your friend.
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You've forgotten the people like me that did our Norton thing many years ago when we did'nt know what a "POC" the drum brake was. Comparitively it was a good brake. I'm refitting my '70 with a drum from a disc conversion; the Norton disc is actually a POC. At least with the drum I will have a constant reminder of the braking limitations. Commandos for me are now fun straightline bikes, but careful in the twisties! To remedy this I bought a new Thruxton which offers about the same accelleration performance but is much better at braking, handles nice and I have no guilt about thrashing it. My Fastback now looks original and enjoys a fine active retirement. Hopefully somebody who can appreciate the parts will get them. Just a friendly opposing comment here.-Rob
I love it. Lets mix it up a little and add a some spice.

The TLS on my 71 isn't that bad. The feel and progression on it is actually better than my Mark III. Granted, 3 hard stops in a block and it fades, just something you know and deal with.

You want to talk about a POC/POS, try a SLS. I had a couple. The memory is down right frightening.

If I ever do a Fastback, which I probably will, I can assure you I will have a tricked out TLS.
I too have always been a fan of drum brakes on a "casual-rider." My '69 S-type had a twin leading shoe front brake which I found to be quite effective. In fact, I believe it was better than the disc brake on my '75 MK 3.

Jason Curtiss said:
In fact, I believe it was better than the disc brake on my '75 MK 3.

Sounds to me like you need to repair your disk brake! :lol:

Are you sure that isn't just your memory playing tricks on you? I remembered my old 850 as being almost as fast as the Ducati 900SS I have now. Well, it wasn't. It was just a case of my memories not quite matching reality :)

And will your drum be just as good as the disk halfway down the canyon? How about when you get caught in the rain? Or when you roll the bike backwards down the trailer ramp or down your sloping driveway (where it becomes a Twin TRAILING Shoe brake)?


You may be partially correct. I think that people in general tend to forget some of the sharp edges that often surround past experiences. Sometimes I think about going back to school for second degree. You see I've nearly forgotten about all the bad memories related to school.

I have to work at remembering all those tense moments taking exams or studying in airports or on board pipe-lay barges in the middle of the ocean - miserable stuff all and all. So perhaps my drum brake was not all that great, but I'd be willing to try it again.

Face piles and piles of trials with smiles (Moody Blues)

There is one more setup procedure to do with my TLS - the "running in" thing where you get the brake really hot then let it cool down. I recently went through norbsa's comprehensive setup but haven't had time for the final step. So one of these days when it warms up and the ice melts I'll give that a go and see what happens.

Jason Curtiss said
"You may be partially correct. I think that people in general tend to forget some of the sharp edges that often surround past experiences. Sometimes I think about going back to school for second degree."

Perhaps a degree in "common sense" should be introduced.

Then make everyone attend :idea:
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