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Steering Dampaner

Little information please. I see lots of steering dampaners on bikes. I personaly have never owned on. What are the beinfets for a guy that has no track intention at the moment. I ride pretty hard and just wonder what it would help.
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Re: Steering Dampaner

Uh oh.

Search for "damper" and read away.... This is worse than asking what type of oil to use.
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Re: Steering Dampaner

should have know thats the reply i would get - all i know is this is my 4th bike - ive had a lot of seat time, all rockets starting with a old katana. Anways - I never neede d one or had someone tell me i did - so i thought i would ask. Seaching
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In all your hard riding you have never experianced a tank slapper

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Re: Steering Dampaner

I'm going to repeat what conq said. "Damper".

Having said that, dampers are used to prevent (reduce) head shakes and at an extreme tank slappers. It has nothing to do with "riding hard" as they can occur at any speed. They occur under accelleration and are not limited to the track by any measure... Picture this, you are going out for a twisty ride and get on the gas exiting a corner. You happen to hit a pot hole or tar-snake or crack just as the front wheel gets light at the exit... What happens? Your handle bars start oscillating... you butt's tensing.... the bike is pitching side to side now... you are heading into on-coming traffic.... you fill your draws with the brown stuff... you eventually regain control after practically having a heart attack.... you then ride right to the dealer, pick up a frigging damper and install it. Problem solved.

Litre bikes of our generation truly need a damper.

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Re: Steering Dampaner

To answer your question, a steering damper reduces oscillations in your steering axis...like a shock absorber does for a spring. If you've ever felt your bars wiggle back and forth when accelerating over bumps, that's the oscillation a damper will suppress. In some cases these oscillations can be huge and violent ("tankslapper") and the rider will have little if any control, and this seems to be more prevalent with high-power bikes with aggressive geometry (like your 954).

I've never had an all-out tankslapper in 10 years of riding, but I did buy a damper for the 929.

edit: oops, too slow....again

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Well put dB.

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50,000+ miles and never needed one.
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Well, first there was Dampener and now Dampaner.

This is only the beginning... hehe

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50,000+ miles and never needed one.
Well aren't you special . . .

Try entering a real race. They are required.
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I'm going to repeat what cong said. "Damper".
Cong...hehehe...that keeps popping up as well.

Spell check please.

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Well aren't you special . . .

Try entering a real race. They are required.
Excuse me, but when did this turn into a "track use" discussion? the first post mentions that at the moment he doesn't use his bike on the track. So I didn't feel the need to bring it up.
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Excuse me, but when did this turn into a "track use" discussion? the first post mentions that at the moment he doesn't use his bike on the track. So I didn't feel the need to bring it up.
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I see you have a 900 in your avatar. Have you installed adjustable triple clamps or are you running stock offset? Is your bike running with the 16" front? If either or both of these are true, then you could benefit from a steering damper. It just might buy you the 20 or so milliseconds it takes to save your life in a tank slapper.
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