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First Disc Brake, continued (National Motorcycle Museum)

November 10, 2013

Earlier we wrote about the first disc brake.  Not the Douglas RA, but one with a caliper that has two shoes that move axially to squeeze a disc.  Here is a lousy photo of one circa 1900 on a De Dion Bouton:


Mr. Irish Rally; John O Regan wrote in to share two photos that he took of a veteran motorcycle a few years ago.  The pics were taken at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham England.  The bike has a rear disc brake with a caliper and scissor action linkage.  It appears to be very similar to the Abingdon brake in the image above.  He didn’t get any other photos of the bike, and cannot recall which marque it was.  So is anybody planning to visit the NMM soon?  If so, please keep your eyes peeled for this early machine and send any photos that you can find!



 Update: we have more info here:

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2013 8:24 am

    I seem to remember seeing an electric car from around the turn of the previous century which had disc brakes; I think it was at the car museum at Melle in Germany. I’ll email them to find out.

  2. November 18, 2013 2:50 am

    No, I was wrong it was NOT in Melle. Sorry, I can’t remember where I saw it.


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