EBC brake discs, £112 each
Miles covered/time: 1000/four months
What’s good? Brake lights used to induce breathless panic as I rode my ageing knacker of a Kawasaki GPZ550. Two warped discs created the sensation of pumping the lever even though I wasn’t. Now the same 25-year-old nail brakes at least as well as it probably did when it rolled out of the factory, which, believe or not, isn’t at all badly. There’s feel and power, and I don’t have to live on fear anymore.
What’s not? It’s tricky. They do what it says on the tin. But since I have to say something, I’ll point to the price. Front discs must both be replaced together, so it’s £224. Add to that the cost of pads and disc bolts, which also must be renewed. That’s a lot to spend on an old bike. I mean, what are they? Bits of steel as far as I can tell. But I don’t know of a much cheaper alternative.