Fork brace


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Big Blue UK
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Fork brace

Postby Big Blue UK » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:15 am



I have wanted to fit a fork brace for a while, my choice in the UK seems to be absolute zilch. The very few Goldwing parts dealers either do not have them, or do not know what they or myself are talking about.
Today I discovered Paolo and Franco Tarozzi
http://www.tarozzipaolo.com/home.htm
There is limited information on the stabiliser page of their website. I have found a performance dealer in the UK who has one for my Wing. They are twice the price of a Super Brace or Blackwing.
Dealer said "But they are a real brace made in Italy". I can go along with that, with what I know of Italian car and bike performance suspension, my question is
Does anyone have one, seen one, heard of them, before I make a 320 mile ride to have a look at one.


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Re: Fork brace

Postby themainviking » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:19 am

If it were me, I would make the 320 mile trip to look at one - for the trip, doncha know..... and then I would purchase a Superbrace. I have one on my GL1800, and although, with the suspension upgrades I have done (synthetic fork oil in a heavier grade and Progressive springs) I doubt it does very much anymore, I am happy with it. They have to be installed in a particular manner to avoid fork stiction tho. A brace is a brace is a brace, as far as I can see. If it is a solid or semi solid piece that keeps the forks working together, then it is doing it's job. My buddy had a Blackwing and it fell off and disappeared somewhere. It may have been his installation, but he is pretty good mechanically, so it also may be the parts themselves that came apart.

Even though the Italians do not have the monopoly on overcharging, I doubt if they are the only people who can make a "real" fork brace.
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Re: Fork brace

Postby dingdong » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:12 am

Just don't expect the brace to cure all the handling abnormalities of the 1500. It is not the cure all that most folks expect. I'm not even sure I can feel much improvement at all. The springs and fork oil that Themainviking suggest help more than the brace. Hey, a 320 mile ride to Italy would be nice though. Maybe they will let you test one before you lay any money down. :lol: ;)
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Re: Fork brace

Postby themainviking » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:03 pm

Oh, by the way... $67 at Cyclemax:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... _brace/611

Shipping cost however is from $55 to $75 depending on which Postal Service you choose (or the shipper chooses)


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