I'm looking forward to the Eastern and Western Gatherings this year and the opportunity to do some more A/B comparisons with other fork braces.
Here's a little bit of history for the new guys. The Adventuretech fork brace came from requests from VSRI and Stromtrooper members looking for an affordable alternative to the Xxxxxbrace. We knew it could be made cheaper since their wasn't going to be any middle man retail mark-up. Designed from scratch without ever holding a Xxxxxbrace in our hands, what surprised us was that people were posting that it works better than the Xxxxxbrace.
Here's some feedback from an A/B comparison on identical bikes.
I don't want to post this since it'd start a flame war - (wink)
I swapped bikes with another rider today - he had a xxxxxbrace fitted, I have yours.
Your brace performed far better - the xxxxxbrace sure looks purty though.
When you have a good look you can see that the contact thickness of your brace is effectively about twice that of the xxxxxbrace - I suspect the extra stiffness is from that - whatever it was - the difference wasn't minor.
Well done, and thanks.
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I still owe you for the excellent service - so there you are.
The difference was massive - my bike has 75,000k's on it and the front end feels like an >expensive< sports bike - the other bike was much better than stock as well - but "no contest".
I get to ride an Aprilia Tuono factory (with much more expensive professionally tuned suspension than mine) now and then - that's much faster - but at the speeds I can equal I can't fault the DL now.
The original thread on VSRI has been visited ~ 90,000 times and somewhere around 5,000 V-Strom owners have chosen the brace they helped design.
Look under Parts by type, Chassis, Fork Braces - AdventureTech, LLC.