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Old 03-25-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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To Damp or Not to Damp

I want to get an idea on what people think of their steering dampers. And If you don't have one, are you getting one, or are you comfortable with the feel of the bike? Stunters and Racers
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:08 AM   #3
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I've came in contact with people who say Dampening is the only way to go, but if the person is already comfortable with no damper, would the damper alter the persons performance? Causing a crash?
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:17 AM   #4
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"bigbob65" It seems you have alot of experience and have done alot of track days. What has stopped you from getting this "very important" part?
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:20 AM   #5
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I've came in contact with people who say Dampening is the only way to go, but if the person is already comfortable with no damper, would the damper alter the persons performance? Causing a crash?
NOT having one will cause a crash!

Even on the street, if you hit a pothole funny, or a rock, or a whatever, you can get uber-bad headshake (and quite possibly a crash).
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:27 AM   #6
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Yeah, definantly get a damper. There is no downside from having one, and it will save your bacon. The dampers I have had have paid for themselves by keeping me from a few potentially big crashes.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:27 AM   #7
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Also include, "life span" of a damper.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:37 AM   #8
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Damper has saved my at TWS (Texas World Speedway) before....its worth the money IMO.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:35 AM   #9
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A "must have" part if you plan on any type of spirited ride.

It is a great investment. Talk to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited. He usually has great deals on them.
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Also include, "life span" of a damper.
scotts and gpr are rebuildable for a very reasonable fee....so if you want a radial then life span could be your lifetime.......my scotts took a direct hit at @ 30 mph and i had to replace a 7 dollar part and it's been fine ever since....
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:18 AM   #11
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It seems no one is against steering dampers, but yet when I go to meets only a few people have them. If they are an absolute "must have" why doesn't everyone have one?
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Best money spent. Def worth it. Scotts FTMFW!
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many people don't realize the benefits of a damper....also, there is a vast amount of squidly riders that think they can handle a tank slapper although they've never had one, and then there are those who don't have a clue because they've never had one....
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It seems no one is against steering dampers, but yet when I go to meets only a few people have them. If they are an absolute "must have" why doesn't everyone have one?
Cause they are frucking expensive!
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It seems no one is against steering dampers, but yet when I go to meets only a few people have them. If they are an absolute "must have" why doesn't everyone have one?
$$$$ or they don't know any better.

I can't ride w/o one be it on the street/track.
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It all depends on the bike and the setup. I rode my aprilia RSV without a damper for two years, and it only shook its head at me once.
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Unless you think tankslapping is fun followed by a highside. I think a dampner is more important than frame sliders anyday.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:52 AM   #19
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One would think steering damping takes away from the bikes natural feel. Like traction control, anti-lock braking systems, power steering etc. on a car
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One would think steering damping takes away from the bikes natural feel. Like traction control, anti-lock braking systems, power steering etc. on a car
you've been given solid advice. Quite trying to rationalize and just do it.
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