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Any leads on ss brake lines for 2012 Vs. 650?

On the front, I've got the 1-1/4" riser and a centerstand on the rear, so I'd prefer lines a couple of inches longer than stock (and preferably not Galfer, please.)

EBC copper double H pads and ss lines should help the lane-splitting brake blues.

Joe needs to video a typical day of lane splitting in fast forward in LA, CA. You talk about nerve racking. People put their brake lights on and swerve towards you from both sides: SOB's!

It really does make you afraid to blink while you are lane-splitting!!

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I installed Gaffer SS lines last fall. The difference they make in brake feel is noticable but not that significant and not nearly as noticeable as a pad change to EBC HH pads. The EBC HH pads are less grabby and more linear in their application of braking force, making them easier to modulate during hard braking and not risk accidental wheel lockup.

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Joe needs to video a typical day of lane splitting in fast forward in LA, CA. You talk about nerve racking. People put their brake lights on and swerve towards you from both sides: SOB's!

It really does make you afraid to blink while you are lane-splitting!!




Already Did....It gets good starting at 1:46....


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I installed SS lines last fall. Not really much difference in brake feel; pads made a much bigger difference.

Ebc hh pads offered a bigger improvement.
Thanks! That makes it easier all the way around. All the options for ss lines makes my head spin just thinking about it.


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Already Did....Its get good starting at 1:46....

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I thought you may have with all the videos you make. Lane splitting is not for the weak of heart or for people who blink a lot.

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I installed SS lines last fall. Not really much difference in brake feel; pads made a much bigger difference.

Ebc hh pads offered a bigger improvement.
I put Galfer SS brake lines on my '08 last November (co-incidental w/ bleeding the brakes, of course), TWO for the front, one for the rear.

I'd updated the brake master cylinder to the later one (from an '09 Ninja 650...?) some years back, and that REALLY improved the front brakes, but the Galfer lines REALLY REALLY improved them! What I had NOT expected, was that the SS rear line REALLY improved the feel of the rear brakes, and I would heartily recommend changing to the rear SS line!

So far (57,xxx miles) I'm STILL on the original brake pads, but EBC HH will be the ones... WHENEVER...!


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Contact a local hydraulic shop to fab a set of custom lines.

I had a local shop fab a set of front longer than stock SS lines a couple of years ago for $45 for the pair.
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On other bikes I have owned without a dedicated kit available, I ordered Goodridge lines from Dennis Kirk. They are available in many lengths. A bit pricey these days.
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I think Spiegler may do custom lines as well.
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Heres where i got mine....http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...lines&_sacat=0

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I put Galfer SS brake lines on my '08 last November (co-incidental w/ bleeding the brakes, of course), TWO for the front, one for the rear.

I'd updated the brake master cylinder to the later one (from an '09 Ninja 650...?) some years back, and that REALLY improved the front brakes, but the Galfer lines REALLY REALLY improved them! What I had NOT expected, was that the SS rear line REALLY improved the feel of the rear brakes, and I would heartily recommend changing to the rear SS line!

So far (57,xxx miles) I'm STILL on the original brake pads, but EBC HH will be the ones... WHENEVER...!

This morning on wet roads, I was reluctant to use the front brakes and just programmed myself for rear wheel braking only. It was cold too and had a fright when the bike headed towards the rear of a car without any signs of slowing down. A blip on the front levers, some counter steering, and I was out of danger. The rest of the journey had me pedalling the rear brakes to warm it up even on an open road.

Now, can we have upgraded master pump for the rear, apart from the SS hose ? I'm not too keen on aftermarket pads as they seem to wear off the rotors earlier and the working temp might be different too (higher maybe ?)
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I went with CoreMoto stock +3" in the front. They seem to be just right with not too much extra.
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