Gregory Bender

Hydraulic front brake

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models

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It is unknown if the brake functions any better (or with any less hand effort) than does the cable operated front brake.

I extracted this information from Kevin McMillen and Bruce Giller on the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group. In Bruce's own words:

A hydraulic front brake! He has reversed the lever so that when the hydraulic unit pushes on the lever (instead of pulling with a cable), the shoes will contact the drum. Kinda of ingenious.

A hydraulic wheel cylinder operates the front front drum brake on a Moto Guzzi.
A hydraulic wheel cylinder operates the front front drum brake on a Moto Guzzi.

Photo courtesy of Kevin McMillen.