Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Different opinion, but I wont be using SS kines on my bikes. I dont think they are "crappy" at all.
None of the aftermarket SS kits Ive installed on other's motorcycles fit the original brackets and junctions, and I'm not fond of wire ties holding brake lines to frames and swing arms.
As for feel, that's subjective to the preference of the owner. I dont like the feel of stepping on a brick in cars with SS lines the owner installed and dont care for that feel in motorcycles either. I keep my fluid fresh and bled, and have very little lever or pedal "give".
Braking power is a function of the ratio of master cylinder piston to caliper piston sizing, not hose material or construction.
You can't use hose clamp-off pliers while diagnosing brake issues with SS hoses as you can with oem rubber hoses.
I dont worry about my rubber brake lines, but if I develop a problem, I'll replace as necessary and move on.
Youre correct about the price of the oem hoses. For my '14 DL1K I'm seeing 4 hose assemblies for close to $250. But the assemblies come with the junctions and fittings to make replacement a quick and professional job. And Ive yet to see a hose failure that wasnt caused by miss-routing, a collision, or lack of brake fluid maintenance. Ive never seen one hose fail, much less all fail at the same time. When it comes to brake components, I'll pay what is asked for my safety. Hopefully, with fluid maintenance I can stave off a $$$$$ ABS unit failure, as all of them Ive seen in cars were, again, due to lack of maintenance.
Then too , my preferences for my reasons. Yours may vary.