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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Brakes upgrade

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I am thinking of upgrading the brake system on my Versys since I find it quite weak and with no feel. So the possible routes are the following:

  • Brake pads
  • Brake lines
  • Front caliper
  • Front master cylinder
Has anybody done any of these upgrades to their bike, and if yes, did it matter?
I am thinking of a Brembo 14RCS for the front master cylinder and the HardDrive chrome caliper (which I am unable to find in Europe). Any alternatives from other manufacturers?

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I think you'd notice the biggest difference by replacing the brake hoses with braided hoses. I've not done it on mine because I don't have an issue with the brake feel, but I know a lot of people have done it with good results.

Edit, sorry I ride a 650 and just noticed I'm in the 300 section. It may be similar on the 300 though.
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I am thinking braided hoses are the way to go but maybe different pads could help?
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I'm interested in knowing about a good brand to buy for the braided hoses. I'd have to find another mechanic to put them on because the dealer where I bought my Versys 300 is has a "you can only have OEM parts ordered through them" policy.

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FWIW, I've switched to braided brake hoses on the V-650 and didn't notice much change at all. It was an ABS version, so the hoses were pretty long and there were many of them.

On the other hand, I changed the master and calipers on an old GSXR 750 (to ones from an old R1) and it helped *a lot*.

I've also changed brake pads on many bikes and while good pads help the braking efficiency, they don't help much with feel.

So in my personal opinion, changing hoses is overrated - the perceived effects are most likely more due to finally getting a proper bleed rather than the hoses themselves. Changing brake pads is something you want to do anyway, for good reasons, but to improve the feel and strength, I had most success with the master and caliper combo.
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I changed my Gen 1 V650 ('08) to braided stainless lines w/ TWO on the front [no longer 'joined' over the fender], and it was a huge improvement, particularly for the rear brake. MUCH more effective now!

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That's interesting because I never put stainless steel brake lines on a motorcycle before. Only for my 98' S-10 pickup.
I've seen those brake lines for the Versys and it looks like that will be my brake upgrade. Thanks guys for the info.

I have the 300.

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That's interesting because I never put stainless steel brake lines on a motorcycle before. Only for my 98' S-10 pickup.
I've seen those brake lines for the Versys and it looks like that will be my brake upgrade. Thanks guys for the info.

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Its actual Teflon pipe with stainless steel braided compare to OEM rubber line which have some expansion in it when you brake. Teflon lines do not have flexibility and do not expand under pressure.
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