Well, I am pretty amazed. I went to lunch with K and then looked outside...steady rain and winds. Perfect for testing out the fork brace. Just got back. First I did a little riding in town, then 20 miles or so on the freeway at 80mph (strong crosswind). Then back through the marin headlands, twisty and fun. Here's what I think:
I expected the front end to feel more stable, but my ass just got schooled in physics. The whole bike feels more stable. I did some emergency stops...way more controlled, cut a good 5 feet off the average stop and felt more secure. I did not anticipate how much more stable it would feel under strong braking or strong acceleration. It just feels planted. Same for the turns and the wind.
I don't know if I ever would have gotten a FB on my own. So, thanks to SuperBrace, the mods here, and everyone who commented on my trip and won me this badass piece of metal.
Bottom line, if it had been a loan, I would buy one tomm. The improvement in braking alone is enough, but it really handles like a different bike. I'm convinced. And, like I said, I don't have anything to compare it to, but the Superbrace is well made, super easy to put on, and more than lives up to my expectations. I was still thinking there was some snake oil to this fork brace business, but it's legit. If I had a pre-08 with the thinner forks, I would consider this a must. On the 08...I liked it before...it's a lot more fun. It bucks a lot less under acceleration or deceleration load. It's good.
The little "offroading" I did (a few gravel and dirt service roads) it felt much more comfortable going faster. I'm glad I got it for free cause they ain't cheap, but I think it is worth it if you ride a lot. I read a lot of things that said unless you ride aggresively you won't notice much. Either I ride more aggressively than I thought, or that's crap. It felt different just pushing the bike.