I bought a Kytechmachine fork brace for the KLR a couple months ago and I finally got my butt in gear and installed it tonight. Nice unit, and HOLYCRAP does it make a difference to the feel of the front end in steering and braking... Much more solid than it's felt for the previous 8,000 miles, that's for sure.
Now for the learning part. For clearance of the fork brace when compressed (hard braking,bumps) you have to cut out a couple sections of the fender. The kit came with a sticker that's a guide. Just slap the sticker on over the 4 mounting holes and it tells you what to trim..
Anyway, I have the fender off and I figure I'll just trim it at work, since I have air die grinders and rotary files at work, which will make short work of it (and get paid to do it is a bonus, too
Back to the point..
I rode the bike without the front fender on. Just a few block ride.. Man, I had no idea how much crap gets tossed straight up into the fender. I had a ton of small rocks (from the blacktop road) tossed up into the headlight, and from there I ran through them. I will never again question the importance of the front fender.
That's all.. Fender good, fork brace good. Now Hamm's good and soon, sleep good.