Stainless lines and RD350's
I use the rear a lot, and I think it comes from the fact that my first two bikes were older and heavier.
You know, when I had an fz-1 a couple of years ago, I locked up the back brake a couple times in tense situations. I never intended to turn them into panic stops, but they becuase panicky skids (at least out back).
Then I installed stainless steel lines, what I consider the most important accessory for a bike and the first modification I make. I did the back brake just to match the looks, and because there was a deal on the 3 line set.
What a difference, not in power, but useability on the rear! It became dramatically easier to use the rear brake, where before it was an off-on switch that was pretty much useless. I told this story to a fellow friend of mine who decided to replace his rear line as well as his fronts on his CBR600RR, and he reported the same expierence. Now he uses the rear more too, without fear of locking up.
So I found an RD350 on craigslist that the owner claims runs and drives. Looks like it's in good, non-original shape, with nice chrome and a respray, no badges. I want a runner, so that's fine with me. They want $750 bucks. Someone convince me to buy it. What should I be looking for that goes wrong? My girlfriend's dad knows how to rebuild and the 3 of us could work on it, so I'm thinking this could be fun.