The importance of setting a budget and timeline can’t be stressed enough. Otherwise, projects are guaranteed to take longer and cost more than you intended. Because I can’t heed my own advice and spend too much time on eBay, I stumbled upon some take off Ohlins FGRT813 forks from a low mile modified Ducati 848. No sense in not buying these.
Because these were intended for 848s, the tubes are 53mm diameter at the top and bottom clamp positions which means they sit in stock triple clamps without modification. Not that I ended up keeping those either. These new to me fancy forks meant I would also need brake calipers. Want great brakes? Ride a bike with great brakes, buy those, install them onto your motorcycle. Ducati’s 1199s have the best braking I’ve ever felt on a stock machine. Brembo M50 calipers that come on them are still in high demand as they are the production caliper. The previous generation 1098s were equipped with Brembo M4 calipers and were also great. Even ten year old M4s are $350-$450. Ducati, like other European makers, insist on 100mm caliper bolt spacing on their radial mounts, while Asia, whose used parts are always cheapest, use 108mm spacing. So nothing from japan-land works. BMW’s amazing S1000RR comes with Brembo calipers. They are not the latest and greatest, but they are 4 pad, 4 piston radial calipers with the correct 100mm bolt spacing. And the set I found even comes with the mounting bolts, booyah.
Calipers all cleaned up, bolt them on, almost. BMW bolts are M10 x 1.5mm, not M10 x 1.25mm thread pitch. Pro-bolt sells great looking titanium fasteners for about $85. I’m cheap, so $40 in stainless Pro-bolts later, the calipers bolted to their brackets.