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post #1 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about fork braces

I just put one on my Wee this spring and wished I had done it 4 years ago when I got it.

My questions are, do all motorcycle models benefit from a brace? If so, to a similar degree? Do some bikes come with them standard?

Just curious since it made such a difference to me.


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post #2 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 08:42 PM
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Some bikes come with fork braces built into the fender mount. Bikes with so called upside down forks like the new Vee2 don't need them.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Bikes with so called upside down forks like the new Vee2 don't need them.
Ok, I'll bite. Why not?

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 08:50 PM
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more rigid

Originally Posted by RLBrooks View Post
Ok, I'll bite. Why not?
upside down forks are inherently a more rigid system, compare them to regular forks, side by side, and you should get a sense of why

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 11:20 PM
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The advantage of the upside down design is that the larger diameter outer tubes are held by the triple clamps, while the fork inner tubes are attached to the wheel axle. This layout makes for greatly increased front fork rigidity by allowing the use of longer inner fork tubes which increase overlap (from a Yamaha design webpage).

I wonder if inverted forks leak more?
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Another advantage of inverted forks is the lighter unstrung weight. A drawback is the lower, inner tube more exposed to damage.

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