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post #1 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Front Fork Brace

Okay so I know a lot of people swear by this thing. I'm just wondering what you guys think it really does or doesn't do for you? I've ridden a lot of bikes and haven't noticed that my Wee is unstable or has any wobble up front. Also it has ABS if that matters. Thanks

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post #2 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 07:01 PM
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Hell if I know. My fork brace has been on so long that I forgot what it handled like without it.

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post #3 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 07:28 PM
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Since the front forks are longer than most road bikes you get more twisting around of the forks under force.
What you'll notice is more precision in turns and less affected by cross winds or dirty air (tracks straighter).

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post #4 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 07:37 PM
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I noticed a marked difference in cornering feel (for the better) when I put mine on and it's been on ever since. I didn't particularly notice that much instability at highway speeds in cross winds/ buffeting, but when I put it on I hadn't done any really long stretches on the highway so I can't really compare the before and after with any degree of reliability.
What I do know now though, is that I'm very happy with the cornering stability and there's no real issues at speed from my fork-braced set up, so I'm not about to go mucking around and remove it. It's on, seems to be doing the business, so it's staying put.
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post #5 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks stromburger. Now that you mention it, I do get some wobble/instability above 70mph especially on the slab. Also, thanks honez. I can see one in my near future.

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post #6 of 25 Old 09-19-2012, 11:15 AM
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Forks flex. When they flex, they stick-slip-stick-slip, etc. The best forks flex less, and Suzuki doesn't put the best forks on bikes that sell for the price of our stroms. A fork brace helps reduce fork flex and lets them do their job more smoothly.

The ABS brake distribution fitting can get hit by a fork brace. The Superbrace with its raised center is reduces the clearance even more. One of the straight braces (Richland Rick's, Murph's) works well, and then limit the amount the forks are raised to about 10 mm. All three brands are OK if you don't raise the forks.

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post #7 of 25 Old 09-19-2012, 12:28 PM
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It was easy enough just to copy and paste my other responses to this.

I would like to add a +1 to this. Not everyone notices the difference...but take some turns through a pot hole or over a man hole cover and you'll feel that front end wobble a lot..get a fork brace!

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post #8 of 25 Old 09-19-2012, 12:40 PM
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Before the move to inverted forks many bikes came from the factory with a fork brace. I put the difference you will feel with one about like the difference between radial and bias ply tires. It is subtle, but if you are "at one with your bike" you can tell the difference.

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post #9 of 25 Old 10-01-2012, 11:52 PM
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My first farkle was a fork brace. Noticeable. Awesome.

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post #10 of 25 Old 10-02-2012, 09:38 AM
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I also found that the brace made the bike more stable on gravel and dirt roads.
Big improvement.
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