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Have you ever had a cataclysmic rubber brake line failure on your GL1200? 1 14.29%
Do you know of any rider having the same on any bike? 0 0%
If you did, at what mileage did this happen? 0 0%
20,000M 0 0%
30,000M 0 0%
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Have you changed your brake lines to Stainless steel and if so what make? 6 85.71%
Why did you change them? 0 0%
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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-11-2009, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I imagine that one would feel a change in the braking of the motorcycle if one changed to stainless steel lines.
Does anyone have any comments?


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On cars, the change over from rubber caused the "feel" to change from "soft and spongy" to "hard and at the top" of the pedal.

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I would agree with AZgl1500, in theory there should be less flex or expansion in the brake hoses applying more pressure to the pistons.

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I've never had a problem with a brake line on any vehicle, ever.

I am considering new lines on my GL12, but if I do change them, it will be OEM. They fit better and last forever. I would probably notice some difference in immediate bite but overall I wouldn't expect them to change braking distances. It's quite easy to bring the tires to the brink of lock-up now.

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I have never had a problem with rubber brake lines either, I'm just trying to find out if anyone has. Yes I can lock the brakes on my 1200 too. with the 25 year old lines.

Are you not concerned that your new OEM rubber lines might have been stored in a warehouse for 25 years... Just a thought?
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I imagine that one would feel a change in the braking of the motorcycle if one changed to stainless steel lines.
Does anyone have any comments?
It made the "bite" area of my brakes much sharper and more precise. Instead of a gradual spongy "from here to here is where the brakes engage" (as if it had air in the system), it is a very sharply defined "brakes off here, brakes start engaging HERE". It's quite reassuring and I think makes it much easier to modulate the brakes. I would definitely never go back to rubber lines after experiencing the stainless ones.



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I imagine that one would feel a change in the braking of the motorcycle if one changed to stainless steel lines.
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It made the "bite" area of my brakes much sharper and more precise. Instead of a gradual spongy "from here to here is where the brakes engage" (as if it had air in the system), it is a very sharply defined "brakes off here, brakes start engaging HERE". It's quite reassuring and I think makes it much easier to modulate the brakes. I would definitely never go back to rubber lines after experiencing the stainless ones.
Ditto exactly.

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WHich make of Stainless lines did you purchase?
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I bought VencoWings lines. I did a lot of research online, and every ad-hoc "pick and choose your parts" vendor I found, once you added up all the things that were included in the VencoWings kit, came very close to the VencoWings price...so I just bought their kit, which came with everything I needed, and all lines sized for my bike.



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What list of things would be needed other than the lines?
I can see any things on the actual OEM lines which would be required.
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