Brake Rotor - Float or not to Float

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Alex Charles, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. Alex Charles

    Alex Charles Guest

    I have 01' Honda Shadow Spirit VT1100C, the front brake rotor has a little
    scoring and is right at 4.5mm at the thinnest. (4 mm minimum stamped on
    rotor). I am considering a new one, but Dealer wants $320.00 !! I thought
    this was a bit high to say the least, so I did some searching around on-line
    and found a couple of places that have the OEM rotor, for close to same
    money. I did also find some aftermarket for around $160, still high, but
    better. The question is, these aftermarket seem to be "floaters" where my
    OEM is solid, what are the pitfalls of going with the "floater" (I've seen
    the floaters on my buddy's Intruder 1500)?


    Side note: I think I may turn the one I have but I doubt I'll get more than
    6 mos. to year out of it, so I'll still need a new sooner or later.
    Alex Charles, Feb 8, 2005
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  2. Alex Charles

    OH- Guest

    OK, so no one who really knows is biting so I'll have a go.
    Lots of bikes with really powerful brakes and capable of much
    higher speed than the Shadow use floating brake discs.
    So as long as the part is specifically recommended for your exact
    model and year and comes from a recognised brand - go for it.
    OH-, Feb 9, 2005
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