Spiegler braided stainless brake lines

Posted by Bare | March 11th, 2015

I’ve been a Spiegler dealer for a lot of years and in that time I’ve yet to find a company who makes hydraulic lines that I’d prefer to use on my own bike. Their attention to detail rivals my own, and they rarely leave me thinking “I could have done it better this way”. Now, it’s easy to throw all the standard marketing lines at you and say things like:

  • Spiegler brake lines are covered by a lifetime warranty.
  • Spiegler uses only the finest materials like tight weave stainless braid, DuPont Teflon lining, and high grade stainless steel crimp sleeves.
  • Spiegler’s unique patented torsion fitting system allows for 360 degree rotation of banjo fittings. This allows you to correctly align your fittings and eliminate line “twist” that occurs with other lines.
  • Spiegler designs, develops, and manufactures all lines in their Dayton, OH facility.
  • Spiegler brake lines are DOT approved.

Here’s the rub though, and the reason I’m writing this now. It wasn’t until recently that I realized what a big deal that DOT rating is. I’ve long been aware that Spiegler is one of the only (if not the only) companies to carry that DOT rating in the braided stainless aftermarket. If you don’t believe me, ask other aftermarket companies that make braided lines and see what they say.

Now it’s one thing to do crazy publicity stunts like hanging an entire motorcycle from a single brake line (Spiegler did that – see pic at left) but it’s something else entirely to comprehend the severity of the testing the lines have to undergo in order to get that DOT rating (video below). If you haven’t watched the video I’ll summarize it for you – in order to get a DOT certification Spiegler lines must be pressurized to 235 PSI while spinning at 800 RPM for 35 hours! That is 1.68 million revolutions while under 235 pounds of pressure!

Now this kind of testing costs money and it isn’t “sexy” which explains why most aftermarket companies don’t bother to get the certification. Instead they spend that money on fancy packaging, marketing, or just profit which explains why sometimes they can be a little cheaper. But after seeing the video I realized why Spiegler makes the safest and most reliable brake lines you can buy and that is the kind of quality and peace of mind I want installed on my bike if I have to brake in an emergency situation.

If you’re interested in Spiegler brake or clutch lines (or anything else Spiegler has to offer), please drop us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to set you up with whatever you need.

Spiegler lines and fittings are available in 117 different color combinations (including chrome) to fit your needs. You can go to the Spiegler website here and click “brake line color selector” on the left OR you can download the free color selector app for your smartphone (available for both iPhone and Android).

Since Spiegler makes everything in house we can also order custom lengths specific to your bike (let’s say you have taller handlebars or risers) or if you’re working on a truly custom project we can have a complete custom line set built to your specs. There is a guide on measuring for custom lengths on Spiegler’s website here. Just find out what you need and contact us, we can get it special ordered and out usually in under 48 hours.

Dobeck Performance AFR+ fuel manager coming to the VTX

Posted by Bare | May 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago during a routine conversation with Dobeck Performance the idea of them importing their AFR+ technology to the VTX was discussed. Many of you know Dobeck as the company behind the Techlusion (TFI) fuel manager, but you may not realize that Dobeck is behind many aftermarket fuel managers marketed under other names like the HMF Optimizer, Arlen Ness Big Shot, Two Brothers Juice Box, Wiseco Fuel Management Controller, and Revtech DFO just to name a few. Mark Dobeck actually founded Dynojet before moving on to start Dobeck Performance in 1997.

The AFR+ fuel controller is a combination of Dobeck’s Electronic Jet Kit (EJK) and SAFR units. The EJK is their flagship standalone fuel manager and the SAFR is a diagnostic tool that uses a wideband O2 sensor/gauge combo to show your bike’s real-time air/fuel ratio. Combining these units into one gives the AFR+ the ability to function as both an open and closed loop fuel manager. This means you can dial it in for your bike, but then it will take over and self-adjust. No more expensive trips to the dyno, and the air/fuel gauge lets you always be sure you’re running right. You can check out videos showing all the units on their YouTube channel.

The install and testing of the unit will be done by “big bad” as he’s the one who wanted to pay for and test the unit even though it’s not technically fully “polished” for the VTX. Even though Dobeck’s AFR+ technology is fully functional, there might still be some small tweaking that needs to be done specific to the VTX. The entire process including installation, testing, and finalization for the VTX market will be discussed in this forum post. Please come on over and join the discussion!

If you’re interested in an AFR+ unit or anything else Dobeck has to offer, please drop us an e-mail and we’ll be sure to get you set up with whatever you need.

Custom paint job winner!

Posted by Bare | November 2nd, 2013

Back in August we teamed up with BD’s Cycles to have a benefit for Sgt. John Colter in an effort to help him and his family after a horrible motorcycle accident. If you missed that, you can read those details below. Today, November 1st, was the deadline for entries and we picked our winner. I’m glad to say that the winner of a $2,000 custom paint job was none other than Nicholas Owen of Pearl River, LA! Nicholas is the proud owner of a new 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe and I’m sure his new paint job will be stunning!

For anyone who wonders how this played out, I took the spreadsheet with all entrant names and used a random number generator to shuffle the names. This ensured that anyone with multiple entries had their name spread randomly throughout the list of 290 total entries. I then used the random number generator from www.random.org to generate a number between 2 and 291 (#1 was the header line on the spreadsheet). The number generated was 81, cross-reference this against the spreadsheet and we see Nicholas Owen as the winner!

I even did a little video capture to show the entire process on my desktop:

I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and help out a brother in need. I only wish we could have raised more! After Paypal fees we raised right at $2,750 to help John and his family.

Custom paint job benefit for Sgt. John Colter

Posted by Bare | August 6th, 2013

An unfortunate side-effect of working in this industry is that we’re always going to know people that have been in accidents. In the worst cases, when that happens, we do everything we can to step up and help out those in need. Now is one of those times.

On Monday July 8, Sgt. John Colter was seriously injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran currently serving 25+ years in the Baton Rouge Police Department. He is the Louisiana State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders and a member of the board of directors for Blue Knights Chapter VII in Baton Rouge. His accident resulted in a serious brain injury, several broken bones, and severe abrasions (road rash). Thankfully, John is alive, but he remains in the care of Touro Hospital in New Orleans where he faces a long, uphill struggle to regain both his physical and mental capacity.

John has been married to his wife Anita for 23 yrs and they have two sons, Travis and Nathan. As is the case with most police officers, John worked off-duty details to supplement his salary. Any sick leave or disability payments will not compensate for this extra income which was necessary to support his family. His doctors currently have no estimate for when he will be able to return to work, so whatever assistance we can provide will help his family with medical bills, school tuition, and other necessities during his rehabilitation.

Here’s how you can help!

BD’s Cycles custom motorcycle painters is teaming up with us at Bareass Choppers to hold a benefit with the proceeds going to assist John and his family. One lucky winner will receive a CUSTOM PAINT JOB (up to a $2,000 value)! Entries are $10 each, and you can buy as many as you want. The drawing will be held on November 1, 2013.

Please don’t forget to “like” this post and link to this benefit on your Facebook page, local club website, or favorite motorcycle forum to spread the word!


To purchase entries:
PayPal users can send funds directly to “sales@bareasschoppers.com” or click the “Donate” link here:

Please remember to include your contact information in the notes when sending funds, and do not use the word “raffle” as it creates problems with PayPal.

Checks can be made out directly to “John Colter” and mailed to:
John Colter Fund
447 Evergreen Ct
Slidell, LA 70458

Every $10 received will count as 1 entry, so (for example) if you send $30 you will get 3 entries. Any anonymous donations will be accepted for Anita & John Colter and not entered in the drawing.

The drawing:
In an effort to keep costs and complications to a minimum, we will not be mailing paper tickets. Instead, we will keep track of entries using an electronic database. Entry numbers will be assigned in the order in which donations are received, and on the day of the drawing a random number generator will be used to determine the winner.

Contact Information:
You can direct any questions to Mike Buras at mike.buras@bareasschoppers.com or you can get involved in the discussion on our forums. If you want a flyer for handing out or posting in your local shop you can download a .pdf version of this information here. If you want these details self-contained for posting on a website, forum, facebook page, etc you can link directly to this image which has all the information needed ready to go.

Thanks for stepping up to help out a brother in need!

Broch (big bad), Travis, John (coltergeist), me, Sean (Tassy5), and Kurt (Sumo-X)


Done deal – The OC (Orange Chrome) Bike…

Posted by Bare | April 25th, 2013

Finally finished this project a couple of weeks ago. I just finished going through the images and getting them up on the site here for everyone to check out.

This was a great project to do. It’s nice when you find a client who really wants to go the extra mile and not skimp on any details. From paint to chrome to accent lighting everything on this bike is top notch and it really shows.

I’m actually in discussions with a few different magazines right now who might be interested in doing a spread on the bike, so that might be fun. 🙂

The build pictures and parts list are located in the “Projects” section of the website here and if anyone has questions or is interested in chiming in, you can get involved in the discussion on the forums here.

Thanks for checking it out!

Making progress!

Posted by Bare | March 19th, 2013

I’ve been neglectful in posting updates and pics on this project, I know. Everything is moving along, just slowly, while I wait on a few parts to come back from chrome (again). All the work and parts were scheduled to flow perfectly, but some issues with chrome quality meant sending parts back to be re-dipped. Unfortunately sometimes delays like this are simply the cost of doing business when you want everything perfect at the end.

Anyways, to satisfy those interested until I get the last few bits back from chrome and finally finish this beast, here are some pics of when I got it into a rolling chassis and when I first test fit the fenders.

If anyone has questions or is interested in chiming in, you can get involved on the forums here.

New project in the works…

Posted by Bare | January 19th, 2013

I’ve got a new project in the works, should be really nice when it’s done. Hopefully I’ll get pics up sooner than I have with Candy (my project from 2011). For now, here are pics of the paint, still in progress.

Batwing fairing project complete…

Posted by Bare | June 24th, 2012

This marks the culmination of a project that was discussed seemingly forever but never tackled. This project involved taking a Harley batwing fairing and heavily modifying it to fit the VTX in a specific manner. I know this isn’t new to the VTX world, I just tackled it with a slightly different flair… 🙂

I’ve written up some of the details here in the tech pages, and discussion, questions, etc are all taking place here on the forums.

Melted main wiring…

Posted by Bare | October 19th, 2011

I just thought I’d throw this out there as a “service bulletin” for anyone interested. I took a bike in recently for work because the fuel pump would not prime. I suspected the pump was fine, everything else on the bike was in working order and the bike was intermittently shutting down while out on the road. 35k miles on the odometer, all the simple checks came back fine – relays in working order, kill switch functions, etc, etc, etc… What struck me as odd was that you should always get battery voltage (~12V) at the engine stop relay, even with the key off. I was reading battery voltage there with the key off, but when I turned the key on this voltage dropped to roughly 1.5V. I figured I had either a serious draw/short somewhere that wasn’t tripping fuses, or something like what I found…

Under the left side cover you have your main battery cable that feeds your 2 main 30A fuses. The wiring from those 2 main fuses then runs through a simple 2 pin plug before running over to the keyed ignition and so on. The plug looked almost perfect upon a cursory inspection, but when I went to separate the plug is when it got interesting:

This was the source of the problem on the bike and unfortunately it was caught too late to save the plug and some of the wiring. I had to replace several inches of wire and add a whole new plug. This was simply a matter of corrosion buildup on the connectors over time and could have been avoided with a little contact cleaner to clean up the contact areas. It won’t hurt to separate this plug, clean the contacts and then pack them with a little dielectric grease to prevent further corrosion (just don’t go overboard with the grease). 😉

Well I hated to do it…

Posted by Bare | August 6th, 2011

The title says it all, I hated to do it… BUT, I finally broke down and added advertising to the site. I’ve really enjoyed providing the site ad-free for years while everything else on the web continued to get more and more commercial, but site-hosting expenses add up and the $20 or so that gets donated every year (yes, I said YEAR) just don’t cover costs. I’m still ignoring the urge from more “business-minded” friends to make the site completely pay-for-access. Charging people for information was never my intent when I started the site and I don’t plan on going down that road now.

So my apologies for the distraction of the ads, I think I kept them fairly small and relatively inconspicuous – unlike some sites I visit where it’s hard to separate ads from content. But hey, if you feel like helping out – when you visit the site click on a link, any link, it’ll help pay site costs. 😉