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post #1 of 34 Old 08-30-2009, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Tried the forkbrace today.

Hi peeps,
Went for a ride to a desert lake(Bartlett Lake in AZ) this morning after installing the RichlandRick fork brace and noticed a marked improvement in stability over the stock set up. Fit and finish were very good, installed easily...very pleased. Had the 650 up to 65 MPH and felt no squishiness in the handling like I did before the install. Quality stuff IMO and being a toolmaker/machinist myself I know what workmanship is. I don't know Rick and have nothing to gain by stating these facts. Nice job dude!

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post #2 of 34 Old 08-30-2009, 09:55 PM
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+1!

Installed mine a few days go. I find the front end feel improvement actually kind of dramatic.

I have a ton of low quality roads arond my house, cracked pavement, bumps, potholes etc. Over those surfaces, improvement is very noticable.

One of those things that you install and then wonder how the heck did you live without it before? More accurately - why did you?

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post #3 of 34 Old 08-30-2009, 10:19 PM
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I installed the Superbrace. Instantly noticeable improvement. I was actually sceptical when I installed it, I thought it was just one of those things that couldn't hurt and might make a little difference. One ride and I knew this thing worked.

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post #4 of 34 Old 08-30-2009, 10:40 PM
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Similar experience here. Put on the Richland Rick brace this spring and way more of a difference than I expected. It's been especially nice this summer in prairie crosswinds, the bike holds the line much, much better.

Could be my favorite mod so far.

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post #5 of 34 Old 08-31-2009, 06:32 AM
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Concur. The fork brace performs marvelously well and enhances the ride.


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post #6 of 34 Old 08-31-2009, 06:35 AM
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Fork Brace is a must have on my bike, now add the Ricor Intiminators.
Even better.
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Similar experience here. Put on the Richland Rick brace this spring and way more of a difference than I expected. It's been especially nice this summer in prairie crosswinds, the bike holds the line much, much better.

Could be my favorite mod so far.
OK, I gotta ask a dumb question: How does a fork brace, regardless of brand, increase stability in a cross-wind? I'm unclear on the mechanics of that....
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It makes the lower portion of the forks more rigid, without the movement they are more stabile.
From the lower triple clamp to the axle bolt there is really nothing to support the tubes, so fork brace fixes that.
Wish they made a brace for the wifes bike, but design does not allow for it.
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OK, I gotta ask a dumb question: How does a fork brace, regardless of brand, increase stability in a cross-wind? I'm unclear on the mechanics of that....

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I ordered a brace from Richland Rick last week and expect it to arrive today or tomorrow.

I spent Friday and Saturday up in the mountains (Idyllwild area - had to ride around the fire that closed 74 east of Hemet). Getting up there is 100 miles of 80+ mph freeway, rural highway and mountain switchbacks.

Based on what I'm reading here, I can't wait to see the difference when I get the brace on the Vee.

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post #10 of 34 Old 08-31-2009, 12:43 PM
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Thumbs up Brace Love

The majority of my riding is a 120 mi. daily commute. All superslab. Central Il. crosswinds and semi airblasts are part of my riding environment. After a couple of scary semi passes, and reading the praises of forkbraces, I went with the Murph's brace. What a difference! the planted feeling with the brace, has increased the level of safety and enjoyment to my ride. I have added a couple differnt farkles, but the one I enjoy the most is the brace. Ride safe, ride often! Dave

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