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post #1 of 26 Old 08-05-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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I've ordered my fork brace for my 2012 adv 650. it has not come in yet. i rode it a few hours yesterday and purposely hit pot holes, ruts, sand...whatever. i could not see a need for a forkbrace on my 12 model 650 adv. when it comes in and i get it installed, i'll try hard on another test and let you know my opinions. i did not find that old thread referenced by GRAYWOLF to answer any of my questions. Each bike is different and handles differently with installed equipment, gross vehicle weigh, winds and such.

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Let me know how that goes. I do not have a fork brace, have never installed one on any bike because I never had any symptoms the brace is supposed to correct. I have a small vibration with my 12 that it is supposed to correct. If you feel no diference then I will either not buy a brace or offer to buy yours and give it a try
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My fork brace made the most difference in freeway commuting, keeping a line when being passed by semis on the freeway and windy conditions. I now enjoy riding on the freeway. It seems to make little difference on surface streets, off-road or lower speed riding.

This is the first bike (out of six in 25 years riding, primarily dual-sports) in which I have used a fork brace. I bought it solely due to the recommendations here, and they did not steer me wrong.

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The brace...

As another rider has stated I found the brace an improvement for freeway riding where wind turbulence was a factor. I found the Adventure to be a good handling machine stock but consider the $80 invested for the brace a worthwhile investment.
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i did not find that old thread referenced by GRAYWOLF to answer any of my questions. Each bike is different and handles differently with installed equipment, gross vehicle weigh, winds and such.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...-need-one.html

I hope I copied the link correctly. It is a good thread/discussion (as is just about every one here). My original thread was closed due to there being "no need to continue this thread, especially since it is not a Glee specific question".

I'm a new guy here, certainly not trying to irritate one of the moderators, but my query was specific to the '12 DL650 since that is that bike I have. I am going to go try that tire-between-knee-flex-test that was suggested. It really is so very windy where I live that any reasonable improvement I can have I'll explore. I try to do my homework beforehand (spent 3 yrs. researching bikes before obtaining the DL650).

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The new 2012 strom still uses the same forks (internals are different - stiffer springs and slightly different damper rod holes), as well as the same aluminum frame (slightly longer swingarm) with different tab locations for mounting the new plastic.

Not sure why a fork brace would NOT be desirable, other than the new bike is way less sensitive to side gusts and truck washes (a problem that plagued the earlier versions), due to the new, lower profile plastic and smaller overall shape of the fairing/tank.....?

Try taking the new 2012 on a gravelly dirt road, and see if it still wanders and deflects like the pre-2012 versions all did....

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I've ordered my fork brace for my 2012 adv 650. it has not come in yet. i rode it a few hours yesterday and purposely hit pot holes, ruts, sand...whatever. i could not see a need for a forkbrace on my 12 model 650 adv. when it comes in and i get it installed, i'll try hard on another test and let you know my opinions.
And please do follow up with your observations, I'd like to know as well. I have the same bike and to my admittedly novice perception, I don't see any need for one. Of course, you never really know how much you needed new glasses until you get them.

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The new 2012 strom still uses the same forks (internals are different - stiffer springs and slightly different damper rod holes), as well as the same aluminum frame (slightly longer swingarm) with different tab locations for mounting the new plastic.

Not sure why a fork brace would NOT be desirable, other than the new bike is way less sensitive to side gusts and truck washes (a problem that plagued the earlier versions), due to the new, lower profile plastic and smaller overall shape of the fairing/tank.....?

Try taking the new 2012 on a gravelly dirt road, and see if it still wanders and deflects like the pre-2012 versions all did....
what's gravel? will sand work? can't do mush for that. as for being passed by semi's...i've never experienced that before either. with all the rain we've got forecast in fla, who knows when i'll get to try again.

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I give up. I was trying to keep fork brace threads down to a few. There are plenty out there and no, the Glee is no different from any other Strom in its reaction to adding one. Just for fun, see what happens with a search of "why fork brace" in the above Google custom search box. I'll even do it and provide a link. why fork brace - Google Search


Go out to you braceless bike, put your feet on both sides of the front tire and wiggle the handlebars. Watch the front of the fender/mudguard wander across the tire tread. That may be okay with some of you, but I want a more positive relationship between my front wheel and the handlebars.

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I give up. I was trying to keep fork brace threads down to a few. There are plenty out there and no, the Glee is no different from any other Strom in its reaction to adding one. Just for fun, see what happens with a search of "why fork brace" in the above Google custom search box. I'll even do it and provide a link. why fork brace - Google Search


Go out to you braceless bike, put your feet on both sides of the front tire and wiggle the handlebars. Watch the front of the fender/mudguard wander across the tire tread. That may be okay with some of you, but I want a more positive relationship between my front wheel and the handlebars.
I followed your suggestion (from your first reply) and did that very thing. There is noticable play in the forks when you do it.

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