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"
Slimbob: Did you try Mike's XS or 650 Central? They usually have them.
Dec 6, 2013 14:29:26 GMT -5
joshelrich: Hey guys. new guy here. Where is the map and where does one introduce himself to the group? I've got a pretty cool project in the works. Trying to relive my youth. Ha ha. 80 frame, 71 engine case with 650 central long rod, big pin 750 kit. Shell 1 cam.
Dec 19, 2013 21:02:48 GMT -5
mwb122: Another newbie here. I appreciate the page and being accepted. Just brought home a 78 xs650 special. She is running good after a little TLC. So far I have cleaned the carbs, battery, fixed leaking clutch push rod oil seal. Now what to do with her.
Jan 3, 2014 8:50:55 GMT -5
mwb122: Bought a 79 special in 79. Was a great bike then and it is great to see they have such a large following!!!
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oldcodgerhenry: Gooday ,all .new Pamco basic ign replacement arrived yesterday ,But the coil wires are different color ,to the trigger wires ,don't want to fry new one.
Jan 29, 2014 15:41:34 GMT -5
floris: at this moment, my XS is with Jerry v.d. Heiden, a well known XS tuner in the Netherlands.
Feb 4, 2014 16:28:08 GMT -5
floris: The engine become's a rephased 270 crank.
Feb 4, 2014 16:28:37 GMT -5
floris: Also a bigbore cilinder set of 890 cc.
Feb 4, 2014 16:29:10 GMT -5
floris: Also a long stroke is gona be applied, what makes the total about approx. 1000cc.
Feb 4, 2014 16:30:12 GMT -5
floris: 965 cc to be exact.
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mahanlee: need help identifying a gas tank i bought on Ebay for my 79 xs. it has a tall neck and the new mikesxs cap i ordered will not work on it. any suggestions?
Apr 10, 2014 13:43:49 GMT -5
mahanlee: Need help identifying this part. It came in a box from the previous owner. I have searched Google and Ebay and haven't found something similar. It has a short bolt with a flat side. The only place I figure it goes is underneath the battery box.
Apr 23, 2014 8:14:07 GMT -5
djonesxs650: Batteryless setup for '78 XS650 with points ignition....I need a wiring schematic, simple as possible...does anyone know of any posts that can help?
Jun 28, 2014 16:02:09 GMT -5
gwc1147: I snapped the outer push rod for the clutch while removing front sprocket. I want to change to the longer rod. 77 650d I would also like to replace the seal and front bushing. How do I remove the broken rod? Any help please.
Aug 10, 2014 20:29:00 GMT -5
boxertwin1: I have a 76' XS and need petcocks for the tank. I don't want to rebuild, I want new ones. Weird, but you can only seem to buy right-sided ones. Any source for both sides?
Aug 21, 2014 14:56:18 GMT -5