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post #1 of 21 Old 06-23-2012, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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Fork brace

I have just fitted my adventuretech fork brace. It took about 10 mins and fitted perfect. Just need to get out on a decent ride now to see if there is a change.
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-23-2012, 09:58 AM
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Hey

Let us know what you think of the brace. I'm thinking of getting one too.
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-23-2012, 10:00 AM
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Yes please do let us know! Ive been in the hunt for a steering dampner too.

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Steering damper:
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Note that there is only one type of handlebar riser that works with the Scotts damper, and that one is only sold in Europe. Blair at svracingparts has more info.

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Be aware the mounting portion of the damper does not look like the picture in the SVRacingparts link. Also, the mount is not a trivial installation for the Glee. The hole in the mount has to be widened or the frame boss made smaller to fit. The newer bike's frame to tank mount is actually more conducive to a damper mount but it will need to be redesigned to take advantage.

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post #6 of 21 Old 06-23-2012, 03:46 PM
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ya I have heard that from a few sources. Been trying to track one down but looks like im gonna have to wait unless I retro fit one. I would rather wait and get a proper fitment than screw up and be out 150 bucks...

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post #7 of 21 Old 06-23-2012, 10:22 PM
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Not the original poster, but thought I would share my impression of riding with Rick's fork brace. This is my first Wee so I can't relate it to the previous model. I also added the fork brace around 500km in so I didn't have the bike long without it - so take this all with a grain of salt.

Overall, my perception is that the fork brace was a minimal improvement. Again, possible due to the short time with the bike before the brace, but I saw no difference in day to day riding.

Where I perceive a difference is on the highway in cross winds. There is a stretch of open road that I rode with and without the brace in relatively the same conditions (approx same wind speed, gusts and travel speed). With the brace, I notice the bike is more planted during wind gusts. There was less wiggle in the front when the gusts came.

I also may perceive a similar condition large trucks pass in the opposite direction. More planted and less pull from the gusts.

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post #8 of 21 Old 06-24-2012, 01:30 AM
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I have noticed a more "solid" feel in the front. Not only in the conditions listed above, but also while countersteering in a corner, to increase lean angle, such as a decreasing radius turn.

While off road or on rough "washboard" type roads the front tends to track straighter.

Just my .02
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-24-2012, 08:07 AM
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I really notice a difference in winds. I usually drive a long stretch on my way to work that always has high winds. The bike is almost rock solid in winds now, whereas before I was being pushed all over the road. I had my doubts about the fork brace at first, but now found that it is the 'must have' item for the wee.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-24-2012, 07:59 PM
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I recently purchased a 2012 Adventure. Love the bike. But I've been reading a lot about the fork brace and the wonders it works in cross winds and cornering in general. What I'm not learning is WHY, or HOW it works. I'm hoping someone can explain this to me. Thanks in advance!
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