There's a good reason why the stock lines feel softer. It's to aide stopping in a controlled manner. That's a poor way of explaining it. The Idea is to give more ease to modulating the brake pressure. A hard line like the SS ones can cause some abruptness that may be even harsh to some. I had them On my race bike but it didn't do anything for my lap times. What else matters?
If you ever get the chance: grab a handful of stock brake, then grab a handful of braided brake line (while stopped), you'll notice the difference. If you have fine motor control, the braided lines will be nice because they won't "squish" when you squeeze them...I'm selling mine in the "for sale" section.
In any mission critical hose the stainless are better if only from a chaffing standpoint, shinny can have it's use's, ie rubber lines can wear thru allot faster then stainless in a chaffing type situtation, as to braking, many racers find its easier to dial in the right amount of brakes with a crisp/firm brake rather then a mushy one.
It's not that it increases total stopping power but that it is easier to control a firm brake over a mushy one.
Also as the rubber line is expanding it is not putting all it force into stopping at that point.
I've had my EX in 3 foot stoppies at the track, once at Daytona while stopping at the tire teck for a temp check (I over shot him) and once in front of the grandstands on pit-row at Morsoso while showing off while pulling in for the winners interview from Henery DeGowe after winning a expert Lt Wt Superbike race.......now I do have a GSXR-750 43mm front end but still only running 1 brake on one side...kevlar EBC + steelbraided = better stopping ability...
yeah.... wolf has it... the lack of expansion in the brake line really helps... it increases brake fluid pressure when you squeeze the lever... i dont have them on my ex yet... but i just put some on the track bike and i can really tell a difference
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