Galfer Sportbike Front Brake Line Kawasaki Ninja 300 / 250R
Easy to install and the brakes feel good
The brake lines were easy to install, the included instructions were not very helpful, but they weren't really needed.
July 22, 2014
Can't Go Wrong with Galfer
A proven product with several years of experience, I bought them with confidence. I do track days and push my Ninja 250 to it's limits trying to keep up with the bigger bikes. I have not had braided brake cables before, so I was a little worried that they would be too touchy and wondered if I would have the ability to do trail braking with precise control. It's amazing how they feel so intuitively responsive! Great buy.
May 19, 2014
Worth the money to upgrade over stock lines
My bike's brakes were starting to feel squishy, and after trying everything else I determined that my brake lines were the problem. I ordered the galfer lines and I couldn't be happier.
It's plain to see that the galfer lines are more expensive than rubber lines, but I feel that the upgrade was worth it. My front brakes feel much more responsive now, and I don't experience any fade even when I'm riding hard.
I was intimidated at first by the thought of installing brake lines on my own, but it was relatively easy. There is a video out there by galfer which explains the process of installing their lines rather clearly. The instructions in the box aren't very helpful, so I would definitely recommend a video guide for anyone else who doesn't know how to install and bleed brake lines. The only problem I had was with a broken banjo bolt during the install, but that was my own full and I was able to use one of the oem ones as a replacement. The bolt broke with little warning, so I would recommend a torque wrench in order to avoid being put in a similar situation. Luckily the kit included extra crush washers, so that wasn't a problem either.
June 30, 2014
BUY IT. Little pricey, but very much worth it.
These steel braided brake lines provide excellent progressive braking and a super clean look and feel.
It's one of those things that you don't know you are missing out on until you try them. You can clean your brakes regularly, swap the fluid out yearly, and swap out brake pads when needed but none of that will fix those dang OEM lines from breaking down and expanding under pressure.
You need to be able to control your braking whether you are commuting, pleasure riding, or racing. You want your bike to respond to your input as accurately as possible and old expanding rubber brake lines just don't do that.
These are your brakes! Don't risk your OEM lines under delivering when you need stopping power!
Installation was a piece of cake. I am very familiar with automotive procedures for brake servicing and bleeding but I still did some research just to be safe. Using a 6 dollar brake bleeder from an auto parts store is all you really need as far as special tools- you can do it alone but it goes quicker with a buddy helping.
Galfer also offers instructions online but YouTube is a much better resource in my opinion. This job can get pretty messy so make sure you have nitrile gloves and plenty of shop rags to catch fluid spills, especially because brake fluid is very corrosive. As always, if you are not comfortable installing these yourself you should bring your bike to a professional.
Overall, very happy with these and I ended up buying a the rear line as well. I also suggest looking into replacing your fluid reservoir as most OEM ones are poor quality plastic. I got am awesome aluminum one and installed it at the same time.
June 5, 2014
Excellent performance, and they look sweet.
Steel braided lines, aside form improving performance, are just a nice addition that shows attention to detail.
As you would expect from Galfer, these are quality made lines, and, in my humblest of opinions, provide better performance than stock (no give during the tail-end of a long ride) . These are the first lines I have ever changed out, so here is bit of information that I wish I would have had going in (if for no other reason than to ease my mind):
I replaced the front brake lines on my 2003 CBR954RR. The CBR has single brake line going from the master cylinder to a splitter mounted to the triple-tree. The Galfer brake line kit has two separate lines; so looking at the kit, it doesn't look right.
The Galfer kit, however, has a double feed oil bolt that allows both lines to be attached at the master cylinder; the left line (as you ride) is longer than the right line to accommodate this. The lines have plenty of play without being too long (be sure to re-use the line clamps on the front fender; keeps everything tidy).
The stock oil bolts on this bike have 12mm heads whereas the replacements are 14mm. Just making a note as I had to purchase a 14mm socket with 1/2 drive to fit my torque wrench to finish up the job.
Well worth the cost.
May 29, 2014
This product can be trusted, looks, durability. everyting is in this product.
Perfect for my bike. Good Looking brake line for my bike.
May 26, 2014
Much better than stock brake lines
The installation is easy, the instructions included are great. It gets a little messy, and it's easier to have a friend help you pump the line. No need to buy a vacuum tool. The lines and parts included with this kit are top notch, very nice.
The break feels much more "direct". They have less "play" in the lever than before , the "bite" comes on much sooner, and much stronger. The harder you squeeze the stronger the bite obviously. It will lift the rear wheel if you squeeze hard like you used to, so less force is required on the lever for the same amount of braking with stock brake lines, basically.
May 5, 2014
Quality product from Galfer
Galfer makes a quality braided steel brake line kit. Product is comparable in quality and lever feel to Spiegler or HEL braided line kits.
April 12, 2014