Was embarrassed awhile back in an emergency stop situation (by about a bike length) while pretty much side by side with a riding buddy at around 60mph.
Embarrassed partly as outbraking others is something that I take pride in (aided in getting more trophys racing MX, and has aided me in staying alive on the street).
And partly as my bike's a 2012 Versys (not Ducati but modern streetbike, right?).
I was smoked by a 2000 ZRX1100 with stock brake pads/lines.
The V's stoppers are OK out of the box but...something had to be done.
Enter new SS braided brake lines front and rear.
Huge difference in feel (moreso the front). There's now a progression in stopping power. Haven't taken any measurements but it “feels” like I can stop Alot quicker.
Haven't tried em in the wet yet but thinking they'll really shine there.
I went with Core Moto as they're local, kindof and up and comer, and the owner seems to know his craft.
No doubt any top brand will yield the same results though.
I upgraded the rear lines for the first time ever, just to experience the difference for myself.
Do them if you want, I feel a slight difference, but the front is where the big payoff is.
Haven't upgraded pads yet as I wanted to see the diff in lines alone for starts.
Not super happy with the rubber fittings provided in the kit, going to re-purpose some other rubber grommets to clean the look up some.
Anyhow. Steel brake lines...Great mod for the Versys. Slowing/Stopping well, is big.