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Some food for thought on stainless steel break lines

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    Some food for thought on stainless steel break lines

    I thought it was a good read and wanted to pass it on.

    88' NT650 Hawk - 2nd owner
    <94 F2 front end // Fox TC // Telefix clip on // Hord Uni + 3.0 kit>

    92' VFR 750 - 3rd owner

    86' Rebel 450 - Free off craigslist!

    So how many times have you ever heard of the brake lines bursting on a bike? It seems to me (at least knowing how I drive) that you don't have to be nearly as careful and precise with braking on a car as you do on a bike. I myself have always raced cars - everything from the 4-cyl rice burners to the big engine classics... in every instance, I have a strong tendancy to push hard into a corner and then stand on the brakes (figure of speech) to either slow down to a safe enough speed to enter the curve or to brake the rear free to initiate a slide to oversteer through the corner, nonetheless, the two brake lines are trying to slow down 3000 to 4500 pounds versus the cycle's lines working to slow down ~600 pounds. I have come to realize - the more I ride - that I am gradually using less and less of those brakes and am becoming much more precise now downshifting when needed, slowing down to a point that creates the best chance to exit the corner at the highest speed. At stops, it's silly to go from full throttle to full brakes light to light anyway....

    Overall I still say the duress on the brake lines on the bike is exponentially less than on a car... this definitely causes me to want to watch them and check them more regularly than I would have, though....

    Maybe I'm just talking the SS lines up since I'm about to put one on my bike, but either way, I've rambled.....

    “Freedom is something that dies unless it's used”

    - Hunter S. Thompson

    1989 Hawk GT - As a whole, it is gone, but it now lives vicariously as a small part of several other Hawks on this website.
    1997 VFR 750 - D&D exhaust


      News to me as well. I only ruptured my SS brake line when I threw my Hawk into a tree. it was ripped by shear force because the clip on was torn from the frame. other than that, I never had problems with SS braking lines. I`ve had them on my FZR: never a problem. Now I have them on my Hawk: never a problem. and they have been used severely.
      What was the start of all this?
      When did the cogs of my Hawk begin to turn?
      Perhaps it is impossible to grasp the answer now,
      from deep within the flow of time...

      But, for a certainty, back then,
      I loved it so much, yet hated so many.
      I hurt others and was hurt myself...

      Yet even then, I rode like the wind,
      whilst my laughter echoed
      under cerulean skies...