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Old 09-18-2007, 03:25 AM   #1
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A close call today on 290

going under the bridge of 8 on 290, there is a right curve and i was going 90 if not more. I hit a bump while i was leaning pretty hard and the front started shaking from hard to tank-slap happy. Holy stains batman....that was very scary. I almost lost control of the front but with all my upper strength, i kept my arms as straight as possible as the handlebars kept shaking aggressively...it started shaking me too but i fought it as hard as i could....let go of the throttle....and i regained control.


I've never had this problem before until now. I said to myself as i regained control: "I need the highest quality steering dampner available soon...so in the meantime, this is a warning to stop squiding" It ruined my squiddy mood so i just took it easy and felt like a fool. I really love my bike and if i ever see her kissing the floor, i wont forgive myself for such wreckless behavior. This was a lesson i learned and never doing again, i'm glad we both got out of it without a single scratch.

What steering dampners can you recommend for a 636? Ohlins?
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:30 AM   #2
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dont know about the steering damper but... dude....sounds scary.....glad ur OK
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:47 AM   #3
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Nice save dude, but don't let it happen again!!!!! <jk> :nono:
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:20 AM   #4
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Scotts,

It is an Ohlins.

Or make your own like I am.
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:37 AM   #6
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I said to myself as i regained control: "I need to slow down so I can live to ride another day".
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i know from motocross when that happens you go WOT taking the weight off the front end and let it straighten its self out
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i woulda had to change my draws...............
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:31 AM   #9
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that happened to me the other day... that is is how I bent both of my rims... only I passed over something at night and never saw what it was... the bike went from side to side at about 85mph... Yeah I know the feeling and it blows!!! Glad you kept it upright!!!
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Dayum...
I go through there from time to time so I know the bump. Of course, I go through there about sixty and still learn pretty good.
On that note, will the factory non-adjustable dampner on my Gixxer prevent that? I don't want to take that curve at 90 to find out, I will just take your word for it.

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Old 09-18-2007, 07:32 AM   #11
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Sounds like the same place that has already killed a couple Kawis... it's a little bumpy but not "that" bad....
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I hear that WP is good is has 32 adjustment settings 14 more than on OHLINS and a remote nitrogen reservior to eliminate overheating

http://www.wpsuspension.com/products/steeringdamper.php

And I read that Arrow is the best it is made of the best quality materials titanium and aluminium alloy, but then again the Matris M3 is also made of a titanium body and has 13 adjustments.

Anywho I don't know if they would work on your bike or not but these are the top 3 I would check them out. Also your issue could be inappropriate suspension set-up mixed with rider error. I would check my suspension 1st cheaper to get it adjusted. Good luck
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true.. you can't run stiff race setting on these Houston roads....
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Sergio,

Glad you maintained control!

I'd recommend either a GPR or Scotts rotary damper for your bike.

Run it at it's lowest setting on the street. Too stiff and it can cause the bike to weave.
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Old 09-19-2007, 03:37 AM   #15
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Thanks for the comments guys, Scotts dampner it is =D
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while i wish it was my "training" that saved your hide, in all reality, you can thank the motorcycling gods for keeping you on your bike.

there are 2 trains of thought on what to do in such a sit.

1) throttle out, which i find hard to do if your already on the gas and accelerating, it's hard to imagine mediocre riders like ourselves having the thought process to hammer the gas when it gets nasty.

2) hang on fpr dear life and try to settle it down. this is more common, and many times the rider will be wore out afterwords from the struggle w/ the handlebars.

you might try and go by M/U or Metric and have your suspension setup for YOU. thats a cheap band-aid while you save up for a damper.
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I hit that same bump last weekend on my 636 and i guess i it off somehow iI just got a little headshake out of it
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:53 AM   #18
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the samething happen to me a few months ago. My knees hit so hard it bruised the insides of my legs..

I don't know how true this is......
But I heard if you keep your weight of the front it will reduce the jackhammering of the forks.....
Seems like it works when i get on the gas.
but I'm a squid so i don't know anything.....
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