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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-02-2005, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Steering damper

I just got an '05 R6 and am thinking about putting a steering damper on it since you only get one stock on an R1. Anyone know where I can get one fairly inexpensively, but still of decent quality?
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so why are these much cheaper than what I have been looking at? I have been riding for about 10 years now, but I am starting to get braver these days and want to start playing around with my bike. I know a good bit about bikes, but what exactly am I getting performancewise out of a steering damper? About all I know about them is that they help to keep the speed wobbles down at high speeds
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so why are these much cheaper than what I have been looking at? I have been riding for about 10 years now, but I am starting to get braver these days and want to start playing around with my bike. I know a good bit about bikes, but what exactly am I getting performancewise out of a steering damper? About all I know about them is that they help to keep the speed wobbles down at high speeds


They reduce speed wobble as well as preventing tank slappers from situations such as hard braking, lightened front end due to hard take-offs... mid-corner bumps, potholes, exc.

Long story short... in the event of a tank slapper... this piece may be the only thing preventing you from putting your bike down.
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Thanks a bunch. I was out riding last Sunday and the drizzle started. I was trying to do the safe thing by pulling off the road to clear my shield. I slowed down to what I thought was a good speed and proceeded to pull of on a gravel road. Due to decreased visibility, I saw the erosion ditch which was about a foot deept only after it was too late to correct and get around it. Needless to say I went across the ditch, handlebars all over the place and got lucky. After cleaning my shield off and checking my trousers, the thought of a steering damper suddenly seemed like more of a necessity than a luxury item on a bike
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-02-2005, 08:18 AM
 
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Everyone starts thinking of steering dampers are strange times. Mine came to me when I landed a wheelie wrong and ended up with a 60 MPH tank slapper. My friend has an 04' ZX-6RR, and he ended up with a really bad tank slapper at about 80 when he ran over a woodchuck. Im not sure how he recovered... but his steering damper will be here by next week... and before this, the damper was like 9th on his priority list, after the intake, exhaust, integrated tail, exc...

Its funny how things like this give you a different perspective on whats important, isnt it?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-02-2005, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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No kidding. I haven't even tried to wheelie my new one, but after that little incident that I had, I want to make sure that I have the proper accessories to keep me as safe as it gets
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-02-2005, 01:23 PM
 
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Get a scott's. Or an ohlins. They can't be beat. I personally like the scott's. Worth every penny. Ebay is usually the cheapest. But try a google search and see what you come up with.
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