I am always for a steering damper, especailly if you are an agressive rider. When I had my GSXR I had one. When I bought my duc, I didn't. There was a noticable difference, especially at high speed turns and when landing wheelies. I have always felt, aggressive rider or not it is a wise investment. It will give you smoother transitions on turns, more stability when riding, and will optimize your steering effort. The difference is clearly notable.
There are many different types by many different manufactures that have many different features. There are Ohlins, Matris, and Scotts to name a few. You can spend anywhere from $200 to $800 on a damper. The price will vary depending on the features it has, mouting hardware, and the like.
It seems like you are an aggressive rider. I think I have only ridden with you once or twice. Either way, you know your riding style and if you should get one. Now the question is which damper to get.:2cents:
It was night and day for my bike. I'm not a big wheelie guy, but the front tends to get light alot and it keeps everything smooth. It helps in tight turns when the front loads up. Good investment. :2cents:
I have a scotts and love it. It is alittle pricey,but worth it to me.
SR mag did a review in the last issue on like 20 different dampers...including graphs on how they performed. Personally, I think a damper where you forget it's even there is the way to go on a 12r. You'll most likely set an adjustable one to one setting 99% of the time on that bike and never touch it. But that's just my opinion. I didn't like the scotts on jesters 929 until I turned it almost all the way down. Otherwise...I felt like it was just irritating.
What is the general consensus on this? I just about bought an alpinestars backpack last night on ebay to tote my belongings on longer trips and stuff...Then I got to thinking about safety and wind resistance....Would this hamper either? What is your prefered method of carrying belongings...
I've got my bike up at Tech again and have a house this year. My realtors are real picky and don't want stuff to get on their garage floor (where I keep my bike). I know for a fact that it doesn't leak but still want to please them and follow the rules. :twofinger
I tried cardboard...
It just snowed another 6" last night!! If you're not up here, you're missing out! I took the kids skiing at Marquette Mountain for the first time yesterday and they did AWESOME!! I'm so proud! They have another lesson today at 1:30. I'll have to post up a pic or two when I get home...
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