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post #1 of 11 Old 07-25-2015, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Fork Brace,,, or not???

Hi, I have a super brace on my Goldwing. It didn't change the bike much (for $200) but I did notice the low speed handling improved slightly. I also notice a little more specific "feel" to road imperfections (like tar strips) at higher speeds. Not sure that is a improvement but it was a change.
I have a 2014 NE KLR that I ride about 80% on paved secondary roads here in the Carolinas. Maybe 19 of the remaining 20% is on the rougher road surfaces but it is extremely rare for me to venture truly "off road" with the bike.
Love the little bike, and when I am not riding long distances I ride it more than my Wing. Been thinking about the Super Brace (or other brand??) for it and wondering what people who have added one think about it after they have some experience with it?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-25-2015, 10:39 AM
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I put an Eagle Mike brace on my '02 and it's made a lot of difference. A lot more connection the bars and the front wheel. Not perfect, but better.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-25-2015, 12:44 PM
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There are tons of reviews with differing opinions.

Most think that the fork brace adds stability at speed. The Eagle Mike brace is the one favored among all of the offerings.

There, I did your research for you.
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I won a superbrace in a contest here. It makes a difference. Not huge. If you ride mostly on the street and you've got a gen2, there are better places to spend that money. my .02

If you haven't swapped out the stock fender, that makes more of a difference for $20.




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I've bought eagle Mike brace, installed air and right away felt all the roads bumps. When I took it off, ride was cushy again. It's weird because I've been using fork brace on my 94 ST1100 and it does add more stability.
If you know a rider near where you live that you could loan one and try how it feels for you. If I had done that, I'd save myself $109.

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-27-2015, 08:13 AM
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In order for the wheel to slide up and down the forks freely the fork tubes need to be absolutely parallel and on the same plane. Additionally the fork sliders need to to be parallel, on the same plane and exactly on the same center distance as the fork tubes.

Gen-1 bikes like mine have a problem with the last requirement because there's no provision for allowing the fork legs to center up with the fork tubes before tightening up the axle.

Even if you have a Gen-2 bike (or forks that let you center up the fork sliders), a fork brace that doesn't allow for differences in the center to center distance of the fork tubes can cause the sliders to bind on the tubes if it pulls the sliders out of center with the fork tubes which is why the same fork brace appears to work for some people and not for others.
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And misaligned forks wears out seals...

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So, what is the "front fender change" that was mentioned? Some fenders have a bracket that they mount too at a mid point in the forks and that bracket functions a lot like a fork brace, is that the concept? If so what fender and what bracket and so on.
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So, what is the "front fender change" that was mentioned? Some fenders have a bracket that they mount too at a mid point in the forks and that bracket functions a lot like a fork brace, is that the concept? If so what fender and what bracket and so on.
The front fender change is simply going to a smaller supermoto type fender so that the front end doesn't catch so much wind at highway speeds. I haven't tried it myself, but others claim it makes a difference .

Edit: Muahaha, pulled up Lockjaw's thread on the fender swap cause it's a gooder!
http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...ender-mod.html

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Edit: Muahaha, pulled up Lockjaw's thread on the fender swap cause it's a gooder!
http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...ender-mod.html
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