Installed new braided Galfer brake line yesterday. Took about 2.5 hours, plus clean-up time. I bought the standard clear Galfer line - looks OK, can't say I prefer OEM black over Galfer standard clear SS color, but it is OK. It was more of a functional update for sake of much needed maintenance rather than style. Galfer line is much thinner than the OEM line, and it is a bit longer, maybe an inch or two. Installation was fairly straightforward, and I was able to reuse rubber spacers for mounting points. Bleeding the breaks was a total PITA and took most of the time of the install. I'm not looking forward to doing it again anytime soon
That said, it will go much faster next time, since I don't have to bleed all the air out next time (hope I didn't jinx it now).
There seems to be a small increase of stopping power and the brake lever is very firm now, with almost zero give. I left the brakes pulled in overnight (zip-tied to handlebar), and it felt rock solid in the morning. It almost hurts my wrist now to pull the brake lever in.
The master cylinder diaphragm seems to be leaking a bit. It is possible I didn't seat it properly, but it might just need to be replaced. It is hard to fine one locally though, and online seems back ordered. We'll see...
The old rubber line was original to the bike, manufactured date stamped - June 2007... 12 years old. As far as the naked eye can tell, line was in perfect condition, but who knows when a 12 year old rubber hose can brake. Old brake fluid was light brown. I was still able to see through it and what I saw didn't inspire confidence: there was a film of muck all around brake fluid container, and about 1/16" of same muck accumulated on the bottom. Considering the brake fluid had to have be changed during master cylinder rebuild 8.5 months ago (done at the shop), it was probably build-up of old grime in the system from a few years of seating in a garage. Shop where I've done this maintenance didn't inspire confidence, I would never go back to them again, even though they were about $20 and hour cheaper than the other shop in the area. It might be prejudice, but It wouldn't have surprised me if they reused the old brake fluid or did something stupid like that.
Overall, not a bad experience installing Galfer line, just need to get the diaphragm leak sorted-out.