Does anyone know who sells a flat style fork brace for the XS? I have seen the rounded tube style that Mike's XS sells but that is not the style I am looking for. I have seen numerous XS's in the past fitted with one of these flat style fork braces and have searched on ebay for one. I have seen some on ebay but they have never been specifically for the XS, as they either have the wrong bolt hole spacing or the wrong width. The one I am looking for looks to be about 1/8 thick or so but not real sure because its always been in a picture. I just think they are a better looking brace. Jeffery
I have seen the ones that Omars sells and they are not the style fork brace I am looking for. The one I like curves around the shape of the front tire and bolts up right where the front fender bolted up at. The other response sounds more like what the fork brace I am looking for would look like and is something I will look into doing. It does look like the mounting bracket of the front fender if you carved the fender away and only had the bracket left. That may just be where others are getting these type of fork brace is by cutting out the front fender. Jeffery
Last Edit: Dec 15, 2008 13:20:07 GMT -5 by jeffery
I know of two flat-style fork braces that will fit the XS650: the Tarozzi and the T-Kat. Omars sells the T-Kat, right? You might try searching on eBay. I've seen a Tarozzi there that fits 77-81 XS650s (35mm forks). Its cheaper than the T-Kat also.
Last Edit: Dec 15, 2008 15:35:09 GMT -5 by Cooltouch
Thanks for your replies but I don't think my description of this fork brace is very good. The type of fork brace I am looking for is on ebay right now #390016843697. It is the wrong size for the XS but it is the style I want. Once you see it you will understand how it does look like a front fender bracket minus the fender. I have seen them on the XS before, in fact "softail doc"has used them on the cafe bikes he built and they look real nice. I think they may have originally been used on the early trial or motorcross bikes. I don't believe Omars has anything like it and it isn't like the other ones I have seen mentioned here in this thread. I would just post a picture of what I am talking about but I don't know how. Jeffey
Last Edit: Dec 16, 2008 10:09:25 GMT -5 by jeffery
These braces are few and far between. I think you would have a better chance of creating one in the method described by PJ. Go to your local bike wrecker and find a fender with one fitted (usually they are plastic) or cut up a metal fender.
Failing that, you might be able to fabricate one. I made a hoop type with steel rod as an experiment. I think you could do the same in steel or aluminum plate (1/8" or so).
What you would need is a form to wrap around and a heat source ( i.e. acetyline torch). I found a piece of sewer or gas pipe about 6" in diameter. Cut the plate to the shape you want including the cutouts and drill mounting holes. Mark where the centerline will be on the piece and put a mark on the pipe. Line the mark on the pipe with the centerline on the piece and clamp it. Clamp the pipe to a table or hold it in a vise, it will act like an anvil. Using the torch, apply heat along the centerline and when metal goes cherry bend the sides down using locking pliers. Wear heavy leather gloves. Once formed, detach the piece and drop it into a bucket of water to quench.
Not a difficult project but you will need a heat source to bend the metal and of course the all important form.
Hope this gives you an idea.
Let us know how it turns out for you.
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