Well put, and welcome to the board...:thumbup: :thumbup:As has already been intimated here, you only need a brace on your bike if you have problems on the roads you ride and your particular riding style. If you cannot identify any problem, well it's not broken so it does not need to be fixed. The $ saved will buy you a lot of petrol.
Now I am only very new to the wing, but have been riding for a while, and my appraisal for me only, not anyone else, is:-
1. I can feel and see a lot of flex at low speed. This is something I do not personally like.
2. On the goat tracks we laughingly call main roads in Australia we have every possible type of road imperfection lovingly installed mid corner by our main roads department. I can feel the flex in the forks, and the deviation in cornering line, when I hit these mid corner. Nothing major, but again not something I like.
3. I will be putting on a brace to assist in reducing the above.
It does not matter what brace you put on provided it is well made and properly fitted. If you have to force anything stop and have a look and a think about what is going on.
I also have some thoughts on the front suspension, but will defer anything there until I have some more klm's up. Being a bit miserable I am not one to throw endless $'s at things, better to do it once and well.