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post #11 of 18 Old 04-21-2013, 06:08 PM
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Looking at your current/previous rides, you may not appreciate a fork brace as much as others. You vee has a more stable front end than either of your former rides. I come from old school UJM rides and find no need for a brace, since my vee feels tons more planted than any pre 1990 bike. Just my worthless .02.

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post #12 of 18 Old 04-24-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at your current/previous rides, you may not appreciate a fork brace as much as others. You vee has a more stable front end than either of your former rides. I come from old school UJM rides and find no need for a brace, since my vee feels tons more planted than any pre 1990 bike. Just my worthless .02.
That's the way I kind of feel about it. I also owned at various times 3 different Kawasaki 500 Mach III's. I rode my first Mach III across the country from California to NH in 4 days. The Vee feels pretty darn good to me.

After riding through some washboards the other day I figured what the heck maybe the brace will actually help retain the great feel that I have now. I went ahead and ordered the Adventure Tech one. I should have it by this weekend.

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Went with a forkbrace and ATV bars with a crossbrace. To me the ride seems more planted both on and off pavement.
I also have a cross brace on the bars, but in my case it's the bolt on one available from Twisted Throttle. Like the fork brace, it helps with front end feel.

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I got my Adventure Tech brace today and installed it. Really easy to do. I mainly got it as insurance to maintain the great feel that it has right now being brand new. If it also improves it's handling on some of the nastier terrain that I ride on then it's a win win.

Thanks everyone for your opinions/comments.

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I don't have much to compare it with, but I've noticed quite a bit of stability improvement since I installed my fork brace. Cross winds have a very reduced effect now. It's also quite a bit more stable in the twisties. For me, it was worth the money.

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Went for a ride today on several different types of terrain, just enjoying the nice weather. It seems that the fork brace does make a difference that I can notice on the rougher dirt roads that I ride on. The front end seemed gentler on my hands and less harsh on the washboard type of terrain. I really didn't think i would notice a difference.

I guess there is also a benefit in it because you can use it to true up your front end.

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post #17 of 18 Old 03-29-2019, 03:09 PM
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I added the fork brace (adventure tech) on my 12 1000 Strom, i thought it was a nice improvement over stock , same statement, feels more planted in the turns, over bumps in turns ...... i also did the EBC HH pad upgrade, increased stopping power ,and more important ,more progressive feeling, so for under $200. a big overall improvement !! ...VS a whole upgrade front end and brake system , Money no object , we would all have the high level upgrades!
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Fork brace, 4piston brake upgrade, . new bars with cross brace, better fork springs .
With some thoughtful upgrades it is surprising how well this bike will handle.

I also have a Elka shock, leo vince exhaust, power commander, PR 5 tires and Timing retard eliminator.
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