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Old 09-12-2009, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Contest fork brace on!

Sitting here drinking tea and watching the rain sputter down. Gonna put the brace on after lunch. First impressions pre-install, the SuperBrace is a very nicely machined piece of metal. That said, there is only one negative thing that I think should be mentioned. I’m a little torn because I don’t want to “look a gift horse in the mouth”. After all, I did not pay for this brace. I won it in a contest, and for that I thank this forum and SuperBrace. But…man, did it take forever to arrive. Numerous emails back and forth. Site Admin dealt with it (thanks!), but I was a little surprised. That’s my caveat. I am not a shill. So I mention it. I am still very grateful for the brace, though. And I do not know whether you would experience a wait if you ordered one…but it wouldn't feel right not mentioning it.

Now, I have never had a fork brace on a bike, so I cannot compare the SuperBrace versus any other. I played around with the idea of getting one for a while. Almost bought one from EM, then I saw the contest…and here we are.

It’s a nice piece of metal, like I said. Install seems ridiculously easy. As Flash mentioned, I don’t really see why loosening the pinch bolts is necessary, but I’m going to follow the directions. We’ll see. I gotta eat lunch.

After lunch:

Well, the best laid plans. The pinch bolts are IN there. Only one of them would even budge. (When I got the bike three of them were loose and I think loctite, anger, and the lack of a torque wrench on my part made for a little overtightening…I’ll deal with that bridge when it needs to be crossed.) The Superbrace fit on perfect though, so I decided to skip the pinch bolt loosening step. Brace went on easy. Nice fit. Loctited it on (with less Herculean strength).

Bottom line. The brace seems quality. The fit was perfect. Getting the fork boots back on was WAY easier than getting them off. They're not lying about the ten minute install. Two pieces, four bolts. Pretty simple.

I will take a ride tommorow and let everyone know if I notice a difference.






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Old 09-12-2009, 07:26 PM
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I ordered mine under a "group buy" from this forum or another? at a discounted cost. My understanding was that SuperBrace would wait a period of time before committing to a production run to satisfy the group buy. I did receive mine in a weeks time from order date though. ???

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Old 09-12-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I think it probably depends on a lot of factors...I'm not trying to talk smack. But I do know there was some drama getting the brace delivered (like months...they said it was sent, it never was...etc). And it would feel weird not to mention that.

Feels weird to mention it, too.

Here's hoping it feels awesome to ride.




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OCD Update.

I woke up displeased with the way the install went and the fact that my pinch bolts were apparently soldered in place. SO...this morning I took everything off, got the pinch bolts broken loose with some wd40, and did it exactly according to directions. Even bounced the bike on the forks a little which it says to do for other bikes.

Also, figured I should do it right and give SuperBrace the review they deserve.

So, everything is back on, loctited. I'm gonna eat lunch and go for a ride, and then I will report...




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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Old 09-13-2009, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Actual Review.

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.




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Old 09-13-2009, 05:57 PM
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Glad to hear you like it!! I have another manufacturer's brace and I loved it from the first 10' of riding..

The one thing that I've noticed is that a lot depends on how your weight bias on your bike is balanced has a great deal of effect on the performance of the brace.

I typically ride my KLR with my tank panniers loaded down, and I don't have saddlebags, so my bias is torwards the front. Because of this, I always noticed a lot of flex in the front end..

On of my buddies has nothing in front of him but a small tankbag, but has three 1550 Pelican cases behind him. One as a rear bag and two as saddlbags.. His bias is to the back, and he didn't notice much improvment with the brace..

Just something to think about..
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That's interesting. I generally keep my gas tank full and don't have much weight in the back.




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That's interesting. I generally keep my gas tank full and don't have much weight in the back.
I like to keep my tank on the low side.........easier to wheelie my fat a** ;-) Weight distribution, another physics lesson.

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