Lambretta Disk Brakes - General

Lambretta was the first of the Italian scooters to add a disk brake to a production model. The first disk brake was fitted to the TV175 and then was also adopted by all the other Lambrettas 175ccs and up.

 

The original disk brake was cable operated and had a static inboard pad and a operable outboard pad. The disk in the center of the hub was able to slide on three pins and the outboard pad would push the entire disk until it was clamped between the inboard and outboard pad. These hubs can be retro-fitted with a hydraulic piston in the place of the mechanical system. A detailed disassembly page of the standard disk hub can be found here.

Over the years many people have borrowed motorcycle parts and fabricated outboard disk brakes for Lambrettas. In the last couple of years many shops have started to offer kits to convert a standard front drum brake to a full hydraulic version. Below are a list of some (but not all) of the shops I know of offering full conversion kits.

The sexiest kit is available from MB Developments in the UK. This kit is the sexiest one I have seen and has a beautiful aluminum caliper bracket that can be polished to an almost chrome shine. The detail is truly beautiful, and even the speedo drive is incorporated into the one piece cast bracket. It runs around 400 for the full kit but check with MB for final pricing.



A very decently priced option is the disk brake kit from ScootRS. Looks good and works well...in fact I installed it on my Lambretta - here's a link on how to do it.

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