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post #1 of 9 Old 01-09-2015, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Fork Braces

I am looking for places in Australia only were I can buy a fork brace for my KLR 650 2010 at a reasonable price, the only ones I can find so far are $275 delivered.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-09-2015, 10:43 PM
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Sorry Mick, I'm in the USA.
I don't know about Australian availability or shipping, but I like the 'Look' of the "Super Brace" available in the USA.
I do not use one. Wish I had a 'link', for ya'.

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Why do you think you need one? My experience with fork braces is that I really don't notice any difference. Maybe I'm not a sophisticated enough but having had a couple of bikes with fork braces prior to the KLR it was one modification I ignored.

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-05-2015, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got a fork brace and it does make a difference, the bike is way better now in the kind of riding I do, wish I had of got one when I first brought the bike.

I am about to head into the outback on a 2 week trip and really looking forward to a much better front end feel than it had before :-)

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What does the fork brace actually brace? Do the lower fork tubes actually have enough slack in them to wobble side to side and affect the front wheel? When I put my front wheel against a solid object and push hard against the handle bars, I don't see any movement.
The brace is not an inexpensive farkle.
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Fork stiffness is largely a function of two things: the diameter of the tubes and the stiffness of the front axle.

The diameter of the tubes (or lack thereof, in the case of the KLR) controls the twisting of the of the forks. Lack of stiffness in the twisting direction can reduce the amount of control you have in rough conditions and can allow imperfections in the road to control where the wheel goes.

On many bikes, both dirt and street, you will see huge tubes. There are other benefits, but the large tubes make a stiffer fork.

The axle is the only thing that keeps the lowers from moving independently of one another, in a parallelogram fashion. The axle on the KLR is relatively small and it is solid. Take a look at other bikes that are a bit higher in the food chain. You'll see very large, hollow axles. Being large and hollow makes them very stiff.

The fork brace helps control both forms of fork deformation. By being clamped in the middle of the fork (more or less) it adds some torsional rigidity to the forks. Being at the top of the lowers, it braces the fork in the same way that the axle does, so it helps to control the independent movement of the lowers.

I don't have a fork brace and have never felt the need for one. I guess that says I don't ride too hard, eh?

Those who have installed them say that they can very much feel a difference in the bike's handling and tracking. That would be more prevalent ont he Gen 1, with its smaller fork tubes, than on the Gen 2.

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Good reply Tom, I probably don't ride hard enough to appreciate the brace and likely not sensitive enough to notice a difference. There are very few negative claims about a brace in the forums. However, its hard to believe some claims like it reduces wind buffeting and makes a night and day difference on the bike. If only it didn't cost $159.
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Good reply Tom, I probably don't ride hard enough to appreciate the brace and likely not sensitive enough to notice a difference. There are very few negative claims about a brace in the forums. However, its hard to believe some claims like it reduces wind buffeting and makes a night and day difference on the bike. If only it didn't cost $159.
Ryan G.,
Ya' need the chance to ride an un-braced vs. braced pre 1980's dual-sport bike! Spaghetti vs reasonably firm/accurate steering.

I ride stock and standard, with all of its pitfalls, because mud and fork braces DO NOT get along. And I try to avoid MUD.

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-08-2015, 06:21 AM
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Hi Mick,
I have just bought a 2014 and I'm planning on a trip out through central Australia next year. I'm interested in hearing about your set-up and where you are riding to.

Cheers,
Shane.
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