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post #1 of 32 Old 04-25-2012, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Fork brace explanation?

I added Rick's fork brace to my bike and rode it to work this morning. I could immediately feel a difference. Not sure how to explain the difference, it just feels more solid. I'm wondering if i am just imagining it because i'm trying to justify the expense, or if there is a real difference.

Does this prevent the forks from tilting in when cornering? or from vertical motion? or what is it doing exactly? Less vibration? Anyone know?
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I put my feet on each side of the front tire of a centerstand mounted bike with no fork brace and wiggled the handlebars. Looking down, I could see the tip of the front fender moving back and forth across the tire tread.

The strongest thing holding the lower fork leg alignment is the axle. One side of the axle is not even clamped in place, just screwed in. The brace cuts down wheel deflection significantly.

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Your connecting the 2 forks together in the middle, making them one. 2 is always stronger/stiffer then one.
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Your connecting the 2 forks together in the middle, making them one. 2 is always stronger/stiffer then one.
Does anyone else realize that the above is a contradiction?

A fork brace synchronizes the fork's flex; this translates to a feeling of enhanced stability for the rider who just spent money on one.
In reality, all it does is quicken the response to steering inputs. People feel the bike is more stable because it reacts faster to their unconscious micro-corrections.

A bike's stability doesn't depend on much more than how massive the gyroscopes are and where they be placed...

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Does anyone else realize that the above is a contradiction?

A fork brace synchronizes the fork's flex; this translates to a feeling of enhanced stability for the rider who just spent money on one.
In reality, all it does is quicken the response to steering inputs. People feel the bike is more stable because it reacts faster to their unconscious micro-corrections.

A bike's stability doesn't depend on much more than how massive the gyroscopes are and where they be placed...
I was a welder and an engineer, for 31 yrs aboard ships, boats, and facilities. your adding a brace/stiffener, your idea of "synchronizes the fork's flex" sounds to complicated.

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Does this prevent the forks from tilting in when cornering? or from vertical motion? or what is it doing exactly? Less vibration? Anyone know?
i bought fork brace for my bike. didnt really need it. cant tell if it does anything. but, it looks good so, i guess it was worth it.
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the brace is simply a miracle. who knows how it really works. after i installed mine a year ago, my question was, why the hell suzuki didn't put one on? forget about quickness in response and steering, in windy conditions and passing semi's the bike is FAR more stable and tracks much straighter.

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The bottom line is the STROMS have a wet noodle for the front end, that can be scary. Pulled up behind a log truck doing 70 and my front end went into a high speed wobble, scared the crap out of me and I ended up on the shoulder. The fork brace works!

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I remember some bikes in the 70's-80's would come with a front fender that actually had a brace built-into the design. I believe most modern-day bikes come with larger diameter "tubes/bodies" compared to the 70's where a brace may not be necessary to add "stiffness"..........

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