I purchased a Tkat Fork Brace for my XS650 a few weeks ago. This is my experience with it:
- The fork brace has greatly improved my handling, it is really noticeable. - It is of VERY high quality construction - It is lightweight yet clearly very strong - It looks far cooler than the forkbraces sold by the online XS dealers. - It took about 10 minutes to install and didn't require taking anything apart on my bike. I didn't need to remove any bolts or anything, just slide up the dustboots, install the fork brace, and slide them back down. - Tkat is a great guy to deal with, honest and helpful. If he starts making other products for the XS650, I'll probably purchase those too.
There was a discussion about fork braces quite a while back and although I can't find it, I recall that the Tkat brace is very well made and fits well. However,it may not be as efficient as the hooped type as it still allows some fork flexing?
Does anyone recall the discussion and the pros and cons of these braces? Based on what I had recalled, I was going to fab up a hooped type. I also think the hooped style looks better on the trackers.
Either way, running a front brace is sure to improve the handling and while we are on the subject what about fork dampers? I've seen quite a few 650s sporting same. Question is would they really be helpful or is it just for show. I haven't experienced "head shake" and I don't think I want to so would a damper be worthwhile?
Sorry to steal the thread dfilms.
78 Street Tracker " Wee Beastie" Gone to a new home 83 Suzuki GS750E, " Black Booty" 82 GSX 750SZ Katana, "Wee Beastie II"
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kopcicle: I guess I don't belong here ...
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crazypj22: Kop, I'm not sure you belong anywhere
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crazypj22: Us 'outsiders' need to stick together
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kopcicle: Yeah well , I'll just stick to my own baileywick .
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kopcicle: grizld1: I was bored so you have some more brain vomit to pour through ;-)
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grizld1: Uh, doesn't sound like much of a filter medium, Dennis; what am supposed to pour through it?
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