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post #1 of 18 Old 04-19-2013, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question on DL1000 Fork Brace

I purchased a new 2012 DL1000 this year and I only have a few hundred miles on it. My riding so far has been two lane pavement and dirt roads. Some of the roads are smooth and some are extremely rough (frost heave damage, torn up pavement, washboard dirt roads, etc.). So far I have not noticed any issues with the handling or stability. I have noticed that people say that a fork brace is their #1 FARKLE.

I am assuming that next winter I will probably do the Tokico front brake upgrade. At that point I think a fork brace would be a good idea.

I am curious as to what problems people are solving by installing a fork brace?

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I don't think I would call a fork brace a problem solver. But is sure does improve the feel and feedback from the front suspension! Even at slow speeds the steering felt more "tight". Under braking it does keep some of the squirm out of the front end especially under hard braking. You have heard some describe modified front suspensions as being more "planted" and I will have to say the fork brace can give a similar improvement.

What you have to remember is that if either of the fork tubes flex it actually moves the axle the wheel is mounted on. Moving the axle is just like moving the handlebars. Eliminate some of the flex and you can see how the front would seem a LOT more stable.

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I found things like passing semis on the Interstate to be a lot more stable with the brace. It also calmed down some headshake I'd get at Interstate speeds with all the luggage on.

Very much worth the investment.

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The fork brace makes a huge improvement. It makes the what the front tire is doing more direct to the handlebars. As for brakes, I have the 4 piston upgrade, and while it's good and worthwhile, there are other steps you should take first. HH/sintered brake pads are first, followed by braided steel brake lines, then the GSXR calipers and adapters.

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I slightly disagree with Craig. Yes to the fork brace. Then do either the 4 piston brake upgrade or the HH pads on the stock calipers. The original pads on the stock calipers always stop the bike, but they have the wooden feel and require more lever force. The HH pads on the stock calipers do not fit the 4 piston calipers, so consider those if you're not planning on the 4 piston upgrade anytime soon. My stock brake lines give me a firm feel. I'll change to stainless brake lines when the stock lines become deteriorated and the stock replacements cost more than aftermarket stainless.

(By the way, I had a stainless brake line blow out on my truck. The teflon inner tube has less flex fatigue resistance than stock EPDM. If the inner tube fails the brake line blows out.)

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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.

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For as inexpensive Rick's forkbrace is, it is a no brainer. It really does solidify the front end. I noticed it most when entering drive ways on an angle that have large 2" lips. It used to just wiggle over them, but now it goes over as one unit.

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i bought one. didnt really need one. i cant tell if it made any difference in handling but, it looks cool so, i guess it was worth it. :-)
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Fork Brace: As stated before, bike feels more planted around turns and passing in turbulent air. (ie semi's and such).
My opinion is that Suzuki should have the fork brace as OEM. Have not considered brake upgrade, but I can see where bike would benifit.
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Thanks for the info. I'll have to move one up on my FARKLE list. I do end up riding over a lot of rough edges at an angle.

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