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Brembo RCS and brake lines

Question about the Brembo RCS. Any issues with the new brake and clutch line orientation compared with the radial oem orientation? I have OEM sized/style Spiegler lines on the bike now. Hoping I'm good with what I have.

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no real need for brembo upgrade unless track bike in my opinion
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no real need for brembo upgrade unless track bike in my opinion
I used to tell people that too about the RC especially the clutch until I actually did install Brembo units on both sides and realized I was full of shit.
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I used to tell people that too about the RC especially the clutch until I actually did install Brembo units on both sides and realized I was full of shit.

i just screenshotted this! but it's true, the brembo masters on the 51 are lovely.


also, the standard length clutch line is fine. there's tons of length to accommodate the bottom banjo.
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Well I've always contended that the SP1's Nissin calipers are the best axial mount calipers ever put on a bike and the SP2's are right behind them and back in the RC51's prime I was never dissatisfied with the braking on the RC51 with the OEM master cylinder and HRC pads, but as my riding evolved into the heavy trailbraking reliant style it is now OEM master cylinder lost its luster. The Brembo 19x18 offers way better modulation and feel than the OEM unit and that works in your favor for both street and track just like having better suspension benefits novice and expert riders alike.

When my OEM clutch master failed I simply replaced it with the Brembo RCS16 and fuck me that made it sooooo much better. Easier to operate with better feel which means easier to launch and less fatiguing if you are using short gearing without a quick shifter and thus shifting A LOT!!! which I do.
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[QUOTE=LDH®;813362When my OEM clutch master failed I simply replaced it with the Brembo RCS16 and fuck me that made it sooooo much better. Easier to operate with better feel which means easier to launch and less fatiguing if you are using short gearing without a quick shifter and thus shifting A LOT!!! which I do.[/QUOTE]

Do you recommend a RCS16 or 19 for the RC51 Mike....?
I may have jumped the gun and started a debate on which is better suited for the RC, especially in my case with a 38mm TSR slave i'm about to mount on soon.
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Do you recommend a RCS16 or 19 for the RC51 Mike....?
I may have jumped the gun and started a debate on which is better suited for the RC, especially in my case with a 38mm TSR slave i'm about to mount on soon.

I am not entirely sure I understand the question. The RCS16 is the clutch Master and the RCS19 is a brake Master

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mike, he means which clutch master for use with the 38mm slave


andy, i had an rcs16 and changed it out because i found the travel too long. that's not to say you won't like it, it was a personal preference for me


the rcs16 with the stock slave provides a lighter pull than stock. maybe think about going that route?


with the 38mm slave i think a 19x18 or 19x16 would be ideal.
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Ahh I see. I do not have that answer and I apologize for my lack of expertise on the subject, but I would be absolutely dumbfounded to learn the RCS16 would not accommodate the larger slave with ease. I have used it on probably a dozen different makes and models of sportbikes some with aftermarket slaves and it has always been able to get the job done with one of the 2 adjustable settings.
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it certainly does get the job done, it just makes for a long lever pull.
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