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After a demo ride on a BMW R1200RT, it struck me just how lacking the brakes are on the Versys. So, I've changed them to S/S lines by HEL from my local HEL distributor. The difference is very noticeable with much more feel and they've lost that woolie soft initial response. I have much more confidence in them now and that's without changing from the oe pads too. I even did my first ever stoppie without locking up the front which was interesting.:eek: They feel so much stronger without resorting to pulling the lever back to the bars. They also look nice too.

I also removed the rear scaffolding/pegs as I never take a pillion and I think it cleans the rear of the bike up nicely. :feedback:

Have to say I'm loving this bike. :loveeyes: Next up is either a SW Motech rear rack or an EvoTech rear fender eliminator.




 

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That looks very neat Davy, plus with the bonus of better braking thrown in. I assume you ordered the HEL kit in the UK - where from and what kit no. etc? :thanx:
 

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That looks very neat Davy, plus with the bonus of better braking thrown in. I assume you ordered the HEL kit in the UK - where from and what kit no. etc? :thanx:

I bought them over the counter. In fact, they were made up for me as I stood and watched. The Northern Ireland distributor is only five miles away from my front door. http://www.bikebitsni.com/

I have no idea what the kit number is, sorry.

Here's a couple of places over your side of the water. Hope this helps.

http://www.brake-lines.co.uk/?gclid=CKGembeIpqoCFcsb4Qod9HrBVw

http://helperformance.com/
 

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I bought them over the counter. In fact, they were made up for me as I stood and watched. The Northern Ireland distributor is only five miles away from my front door. http://www.bikebitsni.com/

I have no idea what the kit number is, sorry.

Here's a couple of places over your side of the water. Hope this helps.

http://www.brake-lines.co.uk/?gclid=CKGembeIpqoCFcsb4Qod9HrBVw

http://helperformance.com/
Try this link instead of trawling through all the Kawasaki brake lines on the Hel website

http://helperformance.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=versys&osCsid=1980f7006a0818d75dd6f0cd4a1e2907&x=0&y=0

Richard :)
 

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Looks good Davy. I have the EVO Tech tail tidy and I really like it. Removing the trellis is a good idea, but I will need them for my soft bag supports. I'm interested in those SS brake lines too.
 

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YOUR BIKE LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!
Me thinks i shall remove said same this afternoon....
 

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Lookin good! Since your cleaning up the rear end, might add this to finish off the look!
I haven't looked real close yet but, it seems that the factory fender on the new "V's" is more...modular than the original "V".
So, was is there cutting involved on the latter and does the same apply to the former?

and once again.....Loooking good there 'Davy' !
 

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Think there is also another configuration having the HEL directly from the brake pump to the caliper.
Yes, you can have two separate lines coming from the master cylinder and going to each caliper. But under advise from the guy making the lines up, I just went for the standard set-up.
 

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Hi guys,

Nice bike Davy.

Do the HEL lines also fix the shoddy stopping, (Jittering when using only front breaks)

Since I have bought my 2008 V it has always done this.

Excuse my poor explanation but I can not think up the right word to use.
 

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Maybe this afflicts all pre-2010's but it doesn't sound right to me... Are your rotors straight and relatively undamaged??
 

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quote. I also removed the rear scaffolding/pegs as I never take a pillion and I think it cleans the rear of the bike up nicely.
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Make sure you dont throw it down the road. Those pillion pegs take all the scraping at the back end. You will do a lot more damage without them. I know from experience, I did it with them still on.
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Rotors are fine and same for the pads, Initially I pondered on the shocks settings but i doubt that this will result in conflict.???:dgi:
 

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to dxhFZ,

Thanks for the assist, i was reading through the other threads and came across this.


"I think its more likely to be complaining about pulsing in the brakes, which is often put down to discs warping but is more often due to the rotors not floating properly on the mounting plate. the rotor (the part that actually is contact with the pads) floats on circular rivets/ bearing surfaces which provides a degree of freedom or movement in the brakes compared to the mounting plate which is attached to the wheel"

I think that I should really just get my hands on a new set and hopefully it will be sorted.

:thanx:
 
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