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Been looking around site to see who has gone to braided brake lines and better pads.Really would like to know how big a difference they make-- and any other ideas and suppliers that can help the stopping power of this awesome rocket,Thanks
 

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I just received in the mail last night my Fren Tubo lines...steel braided brake lines hand made in Italy with orange sleeves and black anodized aluminum fittings. Cant wait to get them installed on the ride! They are literally custom made brake lines, and they are NICE, right down to the little mascot picture on the tops of the banjo bolts. A bit pricey, but it is also the full set - both front and rear lines made to order for $155+.

Ordered them from www.pjsparts.com I really enjoy doing business with these guys - small outfit of dedicated sport bikers who import all the Rizoma parts...
 

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So-Crates,thanks for the info,please let us all know how they work out.I've done business with PJ's before and I would have to agree, they are great to do business with. Does anyone else have braided lines installed?? Like to know how much they improve stopping power.
 

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So-Crates,thanks for the info,please let us all know how they work out.I've done business with PJ's before and I would have to agree, they are great to do business with. Does anyone else have braided lines installed?? Like to know how much they improve stopping power.

Well, the install is done, and the brakes are AWESOME! I thought this thing stopped on a dime before! Install was a little tricky but otherwise got it done. You can spot photos in another thread I made called "spot my trick bits!"
 

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I've got Speigler braided lines, two line front setup, rear line, and inexpensive EBC pads. I can tell you it's not that it stops faster at all. It's that you have a better feel for how much brake you're applying. Confidence inspiring for sure, and maybe a little better performance because you are able to control brake force more if you need to.
 

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tomohawk- as i am looking for more stopping power-what would u recommend--New pads??? What brand etc.
 

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Yeah,and I guess Rossi and Haden and the boys hardly ever use there brakes either,right guys.You guys must be really fast huh.
 

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Yeah,and I guess Rossi and Haden and the boys hardly ever use there brakes either,right guys.You guys must be really fast huh.
Doesn't necessarily mean I am going fast, just that I use alot of engine braking instead.... See if you can fit that one in your head. :screwy:
 

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Yeah,and I guess Rossi and Haden and the boys hardly ever use there brakes either,right guys.You guys must be really fast huh.
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Exactly. Reason I needed to upgrade the brakes is because I ride fast enough that I need good stopping power. If you arent using your brakes, thats because you arent using enough gas either. :2cents:"ot:
 

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Exactly. Reason I needed to upgrade the brakes is because I ride fast enough that I need good stopping power. If you arent using your brakes, thats because you arent using enough gas either. :2cents:"ot:
Not true, I just have plenty of time to decelerate. All straight roads; I commute 27 miles one way; and very little traffic. I can run it up to speed (over the ton if I want)and still have enough road to let off the gas and come to a stop. If I was carving out a canyon on nice roads it would be a different story. However I live in IL, and the roads are crappy, straight, and go for miles at a time. If you mean I am not going 0-100-0 in a city block, then no, i am not "using enough gas" :lol:
 

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Not true, I just have plenty of time to decelerate. All straight roads; I commute 27 miles one way; and very little traffic. I can run it up to speed (over the ton if I want)and still have enough road to let off the gas and come to a stop. If I was carving out a canyon on nice roads it would be a different story. However I live in IL, and the roads are crappy, straight, and go for miles at a time. If you mean I am not going 0-100-0 in a city block, then no, i am not "using enough gas" :lol:

Man, how do you stand riding around like that? I couldnt take straight and flat for miles on end...it would depress me to the point that I became a stunt rider!

Google Maps Not sure if this map works, but this shows the road I usually take for my Sunday morning rides...where 128 spilts and heads towards Pope Valley Rd, then onto Deer Park Road into Angwin, then down Silverado Trail to Calistoga - and thats just the lunch stop! Then we do it all again in reverse! THere is only ONE spot on the entire trip that is a long long straight - and we usually will get up to about 130mph just for fun there. Rest of the ride ranges between 30-90mph, depending on the turns and traffic...

(If you cant view it, you can go to Google and pull directions for "Cordelia Junction, Fairfield, CA to Lake Berryessa" to see the general area...)
 

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Man, how do you stand riding around like that? I couldnt take straight and flat for miles on end...
Its b/c I don't get a choice i guess, lol! :dontknow::lol:
 

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Curves in the Midwest are where you find them. The secondary and county roads are the best places to look. Even then you may need to ride 10-50 miles to find just a few.

Welcome to Illinois. There are always cloverleafs. :lol:
 

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So a question...braided lines on a bike with ABS ?? pro & cons etc
Have always put braided lines & sinted pads on my other bikes but never owned one with ABS b4 :)
 

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i love the engine braking a Z 1000 has. most of my rides i down shift to a stop. i think i am in the minority of ZED riders. my brakes and suspension are up to anything i want to get out of my bike. i went on a nice ride with my bud and i never was over 75 mph the whole ride. it seems that riding fast is the most important thing to do for a lot of riders. the day i must hall *** to enjoy a ride is the day i sell my bikes. i do have friends that used to ride but a few broken bones later they took up golf. a normal safe ride was not fun to them. their loss.
 

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So a question...braided lines on a bike with ABS ?? pro & cons etc
Have always put braided lines & sinted pads on my other bikes but never owned one with ABS b4 :)
Few cons other than cost and possibly rotor life. You're likely to get better brake feel with better lines and pads.
 
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