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post #1 of 96 Old 02-04-2012, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Fork brace on 2012 DL650AL2

I can't find a clear picture and I don't have my bike yet. Does anybody know for sure if the old fork brace will fit on the new model?

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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It will....

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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If we ride "spirited", will we need it? Lets make that, do you recommend it Greywolf?
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Rick's fork brace at least fitted on my AL2.

However, I did have to loosen up the front guard bolts so I could wriggle it into place, then retighten - it's a tighter fit.

The effect was different on the AL2 from my K6, the front suspension on the AL2 is better than the K6 and the bike wallowed less to start with but for some reason the suspension became silky smooth after adding the brace. (May have been due to loosening the axle pinch bolts and bouncing the bike a few times).

You still get the benefits in strong winds so yes, still very worthwhile.

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I used a rubber mallet on my AL2 to nudge it into place, and had to progressively screw in the bolts to ensure clearance as it went down behind the fender.
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So is it a consensus that the fork brace is a worthwhile addition to the 2012?

I'm suffering from a very serious case of farkle fever lol....

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So is it a consensus that the fork brace is a worthwhile addition to the 2012?

I'm suffering from a very serious case of farkle fever lol....
I got one and don't even have the bike yet. I stood in front of a bike without a brace and put a foot on each side of the front tire, holding it in place. I wiggled the handlebars and watched the front fender move back and forth above the top of the tire.

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OK, good enough for me. Richlandrick brace just ordered. :biggrinjester:

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Yep. It's totally worth it. "Before" handling is an improvement over the old bike, but "after" the brace install, it handles wickedly precisely.
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OK, good enough for me. Richlandrick brace just ordered. :biggrinjester:
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