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i'd like to get a bit more bite from my front brake. does the system respond well to stainless steel lines? how about a brake pad that grips tighter?

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Not so much with how the brakes work - just a bit faster responding - but SS lines improve the feel tremendously which helps my overall braking ability.
 

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I replaced all my lines with SS, front, rear and clutch. There was an ebay seller selling a DL1000 Galfer package for $159, including shipping and a bottle of Galfer brake fluid. This is the first time I've used SS lines, and I'm happy with them. More bite all the way around, plus they look great. Worth it IMO.
 

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Stainless lines or just covers?

I have not used SS lines on a motorcycle, however we do use SS and elastomer (rubber/plastic/ Teflon) lines with SS braided covers in my line of work (aviation).

The only difference in one material of line to another should be how much the line expands when under pressure. Obviously an elastomer line will expand/stretch more than a metal one.

So, if you are truly using a solid SS line, it has no flex and could not be used where suspension and steering movement results line flex (like on a motor bike). If you are using lines covered in SS braided jackets, the SS usually is only protective (and looks good) unless it tight enough to prevent the inner line from expanding.

Therefore the stainless steel braiding may contribute to reduced expansion and a more positive feel but if it is loose it still comes down to the line underneath.
 

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SS lines inhance modulation when applying the brakes, promoting more rider feedback. The modulation is due to hydralic pressure bulging the outside cable casing. Its a nice upgrade and will provide more feedback, but it wouldn't be my first upgrade, maybe 7-10th as the strom needs more vital protection, which I would rank as the first upgrades, considering your application of course.
 

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If you want more bite from your brakes, upgrade your brake pads. If you want consistent feel under heavy and/or hot braking conditions with little or no fade (think really spirited riding or track days), upgrade to SS lines AND better pads. Personally, this ranked number 3 for me, following the Sonic Springs and Superbrace upgrades (all were done at the same time). I believe in improving handling and stopping over acceleration, but that's just me...
 

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If you want more bite from your brakes, upgrade your brake pads. If you want consistent feel under heavy and/or hot braking conditions with little or no fade (think really spirited riding or track days), upgrade to SS lines AND better pads. Personally, this ranked number 3 for me, following the Sonic Springs and Superbrace upgrades (all were done at the same time). I believe in improving handling and stopping over acceleration, but that's just me...
good tips. thanks.

and thanks for your sig line. i was WONDERING why i see so few cats in the world any more ... ;)
 

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What pads did you upgrade to? I've done the lines, I'm a big fan, but I could always use more stoppage.
 

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I've always fitted braided hoses to all my bikes, and will do to my new Strom when the standard hoses age a bit. Much better feel, and I think more confidence.

My biggest gripe about the Strom, after coming off sports bikes, is the brakes. Does anybody know if the 4-pots from the SV1000 will fit?
 
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