Imagine my excitement when this package arrived at my office this morning
I am getting my faithful V-strom ready for long distance travel and needed this
(Richland Rich ForkBrace for V-strom DL650)
I have read many good things about having a Fork Brace. The V-strom has a reputation for being a little unsteady, at speed, and is subjected to being disoriented with a lot of wind buffeting. I experienced some issues on the highway down in southern Washington last year whilst between and following large trucks with trailer units. There were no problems when I was leading the pack. I think the turbulance caused by non-streamlined vehicles cause turbulent air flow which translates to rider distress.
Many riders on StromTrooper.com and Vstrom.info have good things to say about Richland Rich so I decided to purchase one of these Fork Braces from him, before I hit the highway. Little did I know at the time I ordered that Canada Post had issued strike notice. I was afraid that my Brace would not arrive in time.
Rich, a machinist and V-strom rider, has a loyal following. His products are first class. It is simple to install and holds your two forks in complete alignment. Fork travel is very long on the 'strom and allows your forks to move slightly out of position on rough roads and in the twisties. With the Brace installed you feel more confident on the corners and less wimpy on rough roads. The brace comes apart in two halves. You just align the front tubes and tighten the two parts together
I had it installed before I got home. This is the left side
and a view of the right side
I went for a quick ride down a rough road to test it out and it has a more solid stance, less movement, and less wimpy. I am sure it will make a huge improvement on the highway. It even feels more sure footed when making a turn.