The Contact Patch
by Todd Vosper
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I can’t believe how fast a month goes by when I’m supposed to be getting these web pages
ready! Feels like a week or two and I’m right back at it.
First of all, a recap of our suggestion last month to use a relay when adding a fan switch to
the KLR. If you missed it, we talked about adding a manual fan switch in parallel with the
existing fan circuit. By being in parallel, the fan will come on normally based on temperature
even with the manual switch in “off”. But, you have the option of starting the fan early as
you enter traffic, start off-road, or other low-speed, higher temp situations. By the way,
please stop by the Technical Insights page for a discussion of KLR and DR temperatures.
As I mention in that article, the KLR relies on its water jacket and cooling system to
dissipate heat. A manual fan switch is a great way to keep your cooling system “ahead of
the power curve”. (Familiar expression to jet pilots concerning power settings, especially
when landing on an aircraft carrier. You never wanted to be “behind the power curve!”)
maintain stability under the uneven moment created by braking heavily with a single rotor.
But this is not generally the reason most riders buy a fork brace. We’ve seen time and again
where riders complain about the lack of front-end stability on the KLR, only to find that their
steering head bearings or triple clamp bolts are loose. Before you purchase a fork brace,
check to make sure your front end is set-up properly. If you ride off-road, the disadvantages
of a fork brace multiply. Even professional off-road racers want to have some of the “good
flex” inherent in the forks. Additionally, many of the fork braces on the market are not
designed well and can impact the fender when the forks compress, or cause binding and
stiction. In most cases, a fork brace adds weight, can actually damage other components of
your motorcycle, and is probably not going to materially affect your front-end stability. But if
you do think you need one, find a small, lightweight model that is adjustable. Also, ensure its
placement won’t be a problem when your forks are compressed.
We’ve had a lot of questions concerning our new Chain Master and whether or not it’s really
necessary. Let me first say that you’ll never get a big sales pitch from us. We develop these
products based on our own experiences. We’ll present you with the facts as we know them
based on our testing and research. From there, it’s up to you to evaluate your riding style
and whether or not a particular product will be a worthwhile choice. There is something I
would like to reinforce about the Chain Master. We developed this particular product based
on personal experience and after seeing how well Elden’s one-off chain roller solution has
worked for over 10 years. After our research, I’m convinced that every rider’s chain contacts
the airbox vent-tube or cover at some time. How often that happens depends on each rider’s
habits. However, one advantage we are excited about is the Chain Master’s ability to control
chain slack and guide the chain onto the counter-sprocket. I won’t rehash the entire
discussion here, but the Chain Master will benefit even street-only riders by helping to
reduce wear and tear on their chain and sprockets. To read more about these advantages,
I would certainly like to thank everyone who stopped by the site to read about the Chain
Master. We have several new products in the works, so keep stopping by.
Here’s a simplified diagram of the new fan
switch wiring set-up for Elden’s sport-touring
KLR. You could use this same procedure for
any type of accessory.
Q. Jay from California asked “What is the
benefit, if any, of a fork brace?”
A. If you are an aggressive rider who
maintains speed until the last moment and
brakes heavily prior to cornering, or have a
KLR with increased braking capability (a large
brake rotor with two-piston front brake caliper,
etc.), you may gain some benefit on the street
with a fork brace. The fork brace may help
|This set-up can be used for any
accessory, but is especially suited
for high draw items.