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post #1 of 14 Old 05-22-2010, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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We have been having some really gusty winds the last several days. Some up to 60 mph gusts. What can I say, it's Colorado, you gotta expect some difficult weather. But last year I put on a Richland ricks fork brace. Noticed a nice more planted feel right away. But I gotta say, in the gusty cross winds the last several days, WHAT A DIFF! Totally manageable, planted in the wind.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-22-2010, 11:16 PM
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We have been having some really gusty winds the last several days. Some up to 60 mph gusts. What can I say, it's Colorado, you gotta expect some difficult weather. But last year I put on a Richland ricks fork brace. Noticed a nice more planted feel right away. But I gotta say, in the gusty cross winds the last several days, WHAT A DIFF! Totally manageable, planted in the wind.
I put a superbrace on last week and was thinking the same thing.
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I planned a reproducible test for mine (I have the Murph's). A hard right turn into my parking garage takes me over a 1.5" rise in the concrete. Without the brace, it wallows a lot making that turn; with brace, greatly reduced wallow. So yeah, it does make a difference.
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With these kinda posts and my own experience, makes me wonder about those that say the brace made no difference.
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Makes me wonder about them too. The brace made a big difference on my machine. Though one of the members pointed out he thought a rabbits foot would have the same effect.

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Stiffer springs helped mine even more

'05 Silver Wee, Givi crash bars, Scotts dampener, JC top box, Battlewings, Homemade fork brace, GSXR calipers with homemade brackets. TCI Outback luggage System, Mr. Eds Moto custom seat
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Stiffer springs helped mine even more
I am thinking that combined with emulators will be my next front end upgrade.

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I am thinking that combined with emulators will be my next front end upgrade.
It made a world of difference on my bike. I can't wait to get my Elka installed

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Is this the right brace?
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Hard to photograph--it's black and fits in so well. Anyway, it is well made and works well. Recommended, as are all of Rick's stuff.

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