Magura Brake Mod on Brian’s Enertia

For you mod-aholics out there, Brian Wismann just wrote about the latest addition to his Enertia, over on

Brian Wismann

Ok… here it is. I’ve replaced my “standard” Brembo master cylinder with a Magura 195 radial master cylinder. See:…ial-195-1.html

As you know, the Enertia uses a Magura throttle and when their engineers dropped by the factory a month or so ago, they mentioned that this master cylinder might be a good fit. Of course, it’s way too expensive for production, but for those crazy enough to justify the cost (me ), it’s a fine upgrade option. If you’re not familiar with them, these “radial” style master cylinders are in fashion on many high-end Italian bikes as well as standard issue on many KTMs and BMWs as well, almost immediately recognizable by the remote brake fluid resevoir sticking up above the handlebar.

No fancy pictures this time, just iPhone photos. Many might not even notice it on first glance, but to me, it really elevates the look of the bike in a way befitting of the premium motorcycle that it is. The piston size is slightly larger at 12mm vs. the Brembo’s 11mm bore, but the feel is a wonderfully progressive, yet delicately controllable build to rock solid brake pressure. The lever action is wonderful and the curve of the lever just right.

No big fuss required to get it installed. I was even able to use the stock brake line, although I had to twist it a little more than it really wanted to. Keeping the banjo elevated after I disconnected it meant less fuss when I re-bled the brakes as I really only had to pull air out of the new master cylinder and not the line itself, which made bleeding go super quick. I did have the new master cylinder brake switch lines connectorized at the factory for me, but you could easily switch both sides of the connection to a more readily available connector type. You do have to remove the lower bodywork to get at this connector and cut a few zip ties to get the wire free. All in, I probably put about an hour and a half into this mod.



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  1. #1 by alan on January 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Oh. That makes me a little sad , seeing top line Italian brake company parts swapped with Japanese bicycle parts. Is Magura Japanese ? It sounds like 2 or 3 sushis that I eat. What about a radial caliper mod or something a little more manly ? 😉

  2. #2 by brammofan on January 25, 2010 - 6:22 pm

    I actually think they are German. You were probably thinking of Moguera, which was a monster in the Japanese classic monster movie: Godzilla v. Space Godzilla.

  3. #3 by maguraboy on March 1, 2010 - 9:39 pm

    Magura is a definitely a german brand. They produce brakes and suspension products for motorcycle and mountain bike, as well as other hydraulic products for industrial/commercial applications. I think Magura brakes are stock on some motorcycles, as well as some higher end mountain bikes.

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