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Fork Brace

Postby wingsailor » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:36 am



Looking for pro's and con's of the different braces available for the 1800.

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby keithg64 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:39 pm

I made one for my 1500 and like it very well.
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Re: Fork Brace

Postby mbuesing » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:36 pm

I plan on getting one. At times I can feel the twist in the forks. From what I have heard, the 5 piece is the way to go as some forks are slightly off size.
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Re: Fork Brace

Postby mmartin_tdc » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:55 pm

I too am interested in the answer to that question.
I added one on my 1500 and noticed some slow speed difference. What differences are felt on the 1800's ?

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby Bouvier1 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:25 am

Can one be fitted to an Air bag model?

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:11 am

I wingsailor

The top two models of fork brace

Traxxion, and Kuryakyn, which are made ​​of several sections, for a better fit.

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby thrasherg » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:38 am

I have a Traxxion fork brace on my 1800, I didn't notice any ill handling before or after fitting it. I like having a brace on a bike this heavy as I feel it should make the front end more solid but cannot say I noticed an difference to the handling with or without it!! I did have to cut back the chromed plastic lugs on the mudguard to allow the brace to be fitted.. The only con for me is the fact you have to cut the little chrome rabbit ear parts that are there to protect the chromed section of your forks from the front mudguard to fit the fork brace, otherwise I like it but cannot say I noticed any changes to the bikes handling (Positive or negative).

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:31 pm

I Hello thrasherg

I also have not noticed any difference in driving, because I install the fork brace before hitting the road in spring, during my purchase.

But of my friends complained that the front tires because of coping, I board not.

My fork brace is a Kuryakyn,the chrome is no good.

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thrasherg wrote:I have a Traxxion fork brace on my 1800, I didn't notice any ill handling before or after fitting it. I like having a brace on a bike this heavy as I feel it should make the front end more solid but cannot say I noticed an difference to the handling with or without it!! I did have to cut back the chromed plastic lugs on the mudguard to allow the brace to be fitted.. The only con for me is the fact you have to cut the little chrome rabbit ear parts that are there to protect the chromed section of your forks from the front mudguard to fit the fork brace, otherwise I like it but cannot say I noticed any changes to the bikes handling (Positive or negative).

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby thrasherg » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:36 am

Salut Flyboy,

normalement un pneu qui est mal equilibre ou mal gonfle fait du cupping. Une brace peux ammeliore le situation.. Désolé pour mon français, sa fait longtemps que je n'ai pas ecrite!!

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:37 am

Bonjour Gary !!!

Merci beaucoup de ton commentaire en Français, tu es la personne la première qui me fait un commentaire français, cela me fait grand plaisir et je peu te dire que ton français est très bien.

The Copping my boyfriend had problems, there have always monitor its air pressure, always before every ride.
Its a problem that Honda should seriously consider.

For my GoldWing, 21.000 kilos of I did with my 3 Elite, and no cupping.

Nex time :mrgreen:

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thrasherg wrote:Salut Flyboy,

normalement un pneu qui est mal equilibre ou mal gonfle fait du cupping. Une brace peux ammeliore le situation.. Désolé pour mon français, sa fait longtemps que je n'ai pas ecrite!!

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby thrasherg » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:16 pm

Flyboy, just to avoid problems, it's your friend, not your boyfriend (boyfriend = petite ami!!) who has the cupping issue!! I am sure someone will pull you leg (Make fun of you :) ) about that!!! :D My wife is French and I lived in France for 15 years, but never got very good at writing in French, but can speak quite well..

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:06 pm

I Gary !!
Slim is a friend in French motorcycle web site in Quebec Motodirect.net. Sometimes my translator just say things that are not true, as my English is like your French, it just let people believe things.

I am married to a super woman and have two kids and a little 6 year old son Ugo, you ave a picture.

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thrasherg wrote:Flyboy, just to avoid problems, it's your friend, not your boyfriend (boyfriend = petite ami!!) who has the cupping issue!! I am sure someone will pull you leg (Make fun of you :) ) about that!!! :D My wife is French and I lived in France for 15 years, but never got very good at writing in French, but can speak quite well..

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby dragon2000 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:19 pm

I've experienced the cupping issue with all of the bikes that I have owned (Honda Night Hawk, Valkyrie and Venture Royal). Like everyone else I have surfed the web to try to find a solution.

When I bought my 09 Wing, not only did I want to resolve the cupping issue but also get the max amount of mileage from my tires. I won't get into tire brands because that is like talking about oil, everybody has their own experience.

What I did find that resolved the cupping, extended my tire life and provide better handling was the following:

- maintain my tire pressure at 41 PSI front & rear;
- installed the Centramatics (am positive this resolved the cupping issue); and
- installed the Kuryakyn Fork Brace Gen2 (improved low speed handling).

With over 17K Km's I have no cupping to speak of on my OEM Dunlop D250 tires. At the same time I am sure I can get another 10K Km's out of them.

Just my two cents......

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby wingsailor » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:05 am

How's the chrome holding up on the Kury 2?

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby dragon2000 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:19 am

wingsailor wrote:How's the chrome holding up on the Kury 2?


I have a number of Kury accessories on my Wing. That said, I have also read the comments posted by others who have said that the finish was terrible. To date I have not had any problems with these and the ones I have my Valkyrie. That said, although I ride between 12 & 15K miles per year, I am also not a rain rider and do not live near any near the coast (salt water).

Kury Gen 2 Brace: http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/18_kuryakyn/32259_kuryakyn_new_gen_2_gl1800_chrome_fork_brace/

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:35 pm

En mai humble opinion qu'une accolade de la fourche est une perte totale d'argent, sauf si vous la course vélos pour vivre.
N'ayant ne pas une accolade de fourche ne provoque pas le bombement de pneu

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby wingsailor » Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:50 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:En mai humble opinion qu'une accolade de la fourche est une perte totale d'argent, sauf si vous la course vélos pour vivre.
N'ayant ne pas une accolade de fourche ne provoque pas le bombement de pneu


In May a humble opinion of the fork brace is a total waste of money unless you race bicycles for a living.
Did not embrace a fork does not cause the tire bulge

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:34 pm

wingsailor wrote:
tfdeputydawg wrote:En mai humble opinion qu'une accolade de la fourche est une perte totale d'argent, sauf si vous la course vélos pour vivre.
N'ayant ne pas une accolade de fourche ne provoque pas le bombement de pneu


In May a humble opinion of the fork brace is a total waste of money unless you race bicycles for a living.
Did not embrace a fork does not cause the tire bulge


Apparently translator doesn't work very well :mrgreen:
It should have read: "In my humble opinion a fork brace is a total waste unless you race motorcycles.
Not having a fork brace does not cause tire cupping."
Guess I better stick with English!

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby wingsailor » Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:30 am

I understood everything till the last line. :lol:

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby thrasherg » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:51 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:
wingsailor wrote:
tfdeputydawg wrote:En mai humble opinion qu'une accolade de la fourche est une perte totale d'argent, sauf si vous la course vélos pour vivre.
N'ayant ne pas une accolade de fourche ne provoque pas le bombement de pneu


In May a humble opinion of the fork brace is a total waste of money unless you race bicycles for a living.
Did not embrace a fork does not cause the tire bulge


Apparently translator doesn't work very well :mrgreen:
It should have read: "In my humble opinion a fork brace is a total waste unless you race motorcycles.
Not having a fork brace does not cause tire cupping."
Guess I better stick with English!


Nice try!! :D Bien joue

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby themainviking » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:51 am

Bouvier1 wrote:Can one be fitted to an Air bag model?


Yes. There is a forkbrace available for an Airbag Wing. I put one on mine. I put progressive forks and 10 weight synthetic fork oil at the same time, so I don't have a clue as to what effect the forkbrace had. The whole deal however made it handle beautifully as opposed to the mushy front end this bike had brand new. I re did the forks at about 2500 kilometers from new. (about 1560 miles for metrically challenged persons) My fork brace is by Superbrace. If putting on a fork brace, one should follow the instructions on loosening the axle pinch bolts, installing the fork brace, and retorqueing the axle pinch bolts EXACTLY to avoid stiction and handling problems so associated.
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Re: Fork Brace

Postby themainviking » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:56 am

dragon2000 wrote:I've experienced the cupping issue with all of the bikes that I have owned (Honda Night Hawk, Valkyrie and Venture Royal). Like everyone else I have surfed the web to try to find a solution.

Steve


I do not recommend my solution, but here it is. I raised the front tire pressure to 45 and the rear to 41. The cupping of the front tire actually went away. I now have 20,000 kilometers on the original tires, and they still look pretty good. I will finish the season on them for sure. I will be willing to submit more information as it becomes available. (20,000 kilometers is 12,500 miles.)
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Re: Fork Brace

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:27 am

Hello everyone!!
I see that this issue is a big discuss various, but if each has his own recipe for not having Copping on the front tire, do not change.
For my bike front tire air pressure 38 pounds and my fork brace I install I ave 22, 0000 kilos.

His works.

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby flaxman » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:56 pm

anyone try a BLACKWING fork brace?

made in california by a small shop, having difficulty contactig him, though I have his name somewhere.

just wondering, SCOTT

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Re: Fork Brace

Postby dragon2000 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:03 pm

flaxman wrote:anyone try a BLACKWING fork brace?

made in california by a small shop, having difficulty contactig him, though I have his name somewhere.

just wondering, SCOTT


I actually looked at the Black Wing before and ended up buying the Kury Gen 2. I too tried to contact the gentleman who sells the Black Wing and never found anything.

Steve


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