Spiegler Steel Braided Brake Lines: Customer Comments
|The Ordered and installed
a set of stainless lines over the winter. Spring has finally hit MN and
had a chance to get the K out for a few hundred miles this weekend, here's
my $.02 worth... My findings are about the same as the other reports I've
read here. Ordered the SS lines from Pirate and speedbleeders for calips,
abs, and clutch from speedbleeders.com. Took pirates advice and read the
instructions on the SB to install them on a 'wet' system. So SB's were installed
first, brakes were bleed with a couple pumps, then all the old brake lines
came off. The SS lines went on without a hitch, only snag was they weren't
numbered as the web instructions stated so I had to figure out which went
where buy comparing with the old lines (not a problem). New lines all installed,
SB's open, reservoirs full, start pumping levers. Keep res full and pump
till fluid comes out clean and bubble free. First ride... Front's feel good,
back mushy. Pull back into the garage, connect my hose/jar to the rear caliper,
open SB, couple pumps on brake, close valve.. airs gone and lever feels
solid now, it doesn't get any easier than this. The road are still sandy/salty
around here so no hard riding yet, but #1 noticeable improvement with SS
lines is no more '2 pump chump' syndrome on front brakes. The first pull
is solid and firm as it should be. Well worth the price and install time
Brad Johannes / Saint Cloud, MN / 99 K1200RS
|I feel like a kid
with a new toy. I find myself deliberately coming to FAST stops just so
I can feel the reverse G's kick in. Very predictable... crisper. Funny thing...seems
like the brakes get firmer with a little use. My theory... maybe small bubbles
work their way up and out into the reservoir with use. Much different now
than the first week of use. I can't think of any other explanation. While
I always thought the factory brakes were just fine.. there is a noticeable
difference now. Crisper... firmer... as it should be. Also..mine went on
without a hitch. I had heard a few comments about lines having to be adjusted,
(and they are adjustable) but mine just dropped into place.... and they
look killer. Well worth the money in my quasi-humble opinion.
Jerry (Pirate) Finley / Fairview, NC. / 98 K1200RS
|The overall quality of
materials is excellent however. As for benefits....I gained ( or lost depending
on how you look at it ) 1/2 to 3/4" in lever travel. That is, the lever
builds hard pressure that much sooner. So, I have braking force that much
quicker. The "feel" is greatly improved. I can quite easily hold the brakes
at that fine line just before the Anti-Lock takes over. Braking duties have
become a simple one finger affair. There is rarely an occasion when I feel
the need to add another finger to the lever. And, I NEVER need to pump the
brakes. ( something I found myself doing frequently with the stock lines
).Bottom line, well worth the investment. As a matter of fact, I will say
that changing to Spiegler lines is one of the best modifications I've made
to my bike!
Dennis (D.A.) Hoover / Atlanta, Ga / 98 K1200RS
|The Spiegler Stainless
Brake Lines significantly enhanced an already excellent system. The tactile
improvement is difficult to explain- something like the difference between
the dial keys on a telephone and the touch keys on a microwave or Palm.
A much more sure and solid response. I won't say night and day, but I will
say I could feel a improvement in "trusting the stopping power of my brakes"
I rode my R1150GS with the stock lines for a few weeks, then hopped on my
K1200RS with the Spiegler stainless lines. It's like having "Power Brakes"
on a car. The stainless steel lines made the difference in feel and in stopping.
It seems as if I can halt the K1200RS is far less time and distance than
my GS. Thanks for turning me on to this exceptional product.
Ron Johnson / Katy, Tx / 2000 K1200RS
|This afternoon I rushed
home and went for my first test ride after upgrading to the fully adjustable
Wilber front and rear shocks and Spiegler SS brake lines. Would you be surprised
if I told you I was in love with my K again? It's no wonder that with 29K
on the bike that I've gotten used to the degradation on handling. I would
highly recommend these two upgrades first and foremost. All I can say is
thanks very much.
Dave (Boss VMax) Robertson / New Rochelle, NY. / 2001 K1200RS