Rick’s Fork Brace

REASON FOR PURCHASE: Control in Wind/ Stability
My first ride on the V-Strom introduced me to the affects of wind. Lots of it. It was gusting over 45mph on the day I rode it home from the dealership. There were times that I was leaning the bike so much (on the Interstate) that I felt a little uncomfortable. I found Rick’s Fork Brace on the ADVRider forum and started my research. Many reviews stated that the different was night and day – and after having used this for almost two months – I AGREE!

COMPANY EXPERIENCE: Great
I ordered this at the same time as my Mirror Extenders, and Gloria kept me up to date with my order status. I ordered the brace on 6/04 for $85.00 plus shipping. It was shipped on 6/8, and I received it on 6/14. It was well packaged and came with instructions.

INSTALLATION: Easy
Installation was simple, but it definitely helped me to have a second set of hands. There are no tricks or extra tips from me on this one – I simply followed Rick’s included instructions. It took a little wiggling to get the brace just right, but it wasn’t difficult at all. Within 10 minutes we were done!

MY THOUGHTS:
At first I was leery about purchasing “a piece of metal” for $85. In fact, this was probably the farkle that I debated most about. Should I or shouldn’t I? Living in Colorado I can tell you that we get wind…lots of it. The difference between before and after riding with this brace is night and day! The stability and handling is GREATLY improved and I can’t imagine riding my Strom without one now. Like Rick says on his website, it’s a no brainer. Highly recommended!

The brace is very well made
Brace-01
 
A perfect, snug fit!
Brace-02
 
View from the front
Brace-03

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2 thoughts on “Rick’s Fork Brace

  1. Interesting! I’m buying a used Wee this weekend and my only concern with the bike is how it will handle in the wind. I live in Newfoundland, where 45mph wind is considered calm đŸ˜‰ Looks like this fork brace will be the first farkel I order! Thanks for the info!

    • Thank you for your comment! I hope you love your Wee as much as I love my Vee. It’s been an awesome bike.

      Colorado has some pretty stiff winds as well (although maybe not as bad as Newfoundland), and I know that I have ridden in 40+ mph sustained winds (based on the weather forecast) since having the fork brace. It really does make a HUGE difference!

      I’ll be checking your blog for pictures of your Wee – have a great weekend with your first ride!

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