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Re: Obvious Question

I was thinking about getting a damper for my 929.......I do no track riding at all, I do have the ocassional power wheelie, and ride at a pretty fast pace in the twisties.

I have heard many people say that I absolutely need a damper. I have also heard many say that if I am not running around the track at 130 then I don't need one most likley.

Just was wondering if I did get one what would be the best.......AND the cheapest..........key word here being cheapest.
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Have never done a track day either (although I will one day). That said, I love my Ohlins. *Basically I like a linear piston type damper over the Scotts (rotary) type. *Whatever brand you decide on, just get one! *Honda liter bikes seem to come with a certain amount of inherent head shake, and a steering damper is cheap insurance, even if it is a fairly big $ item.

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KIDRR, if you're doing wheelies every once in awhile and perhaps even gettin' the speed up at least once with every ride (like I do- let the flamin' begin&#33, then I wouldn't be doing the above without one.

And by the way fellas, I don't support the idea of hittin' the Ben Franklin mark on our streets, but let's get real. If you're away from the general population with no witnesses around (i.e.- police, innocent people), then you'd do like me and just lose the discipline for 2 seconds

Yes KIDRR, get a damper. If anything it's one more sexy piece to outfit your bike with that has some people askin', 'Gee, what's that!?!'

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DevilDog : KIDRR, if you're doing wheelies every once in awhile and perhaps even gettin' the speed up at least once with every ride (like I do- let the flamin' begin&#33, then I wouldn't be doing the above without one. *

And by the way fellas, I don't support the idea of hittin' the Ben Franklin mark on our streets, but let's get real. *If you're away from the general population with no witnesses around (i.e.- police, innocent people), then you'd do like me and just lose the discipline for 2 seconds *

Yes KIDRR, get a damper. *If anything it's one more sexy piece to outfit your bike with that has some people askin', 'Gee, what's that!?!'

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Get one ...its cheap insurance. That being said I am not one of the pro's that you requested replies from, so I'm sure you will see several different opinions. I was told several years ago that if your bike's suspension is properly set up then head-shake should not be a concern under road riding circumstances. Well...I am no suspension guru...I venture a guess that you are not either. Get a damper. Todays short wheelbase 130+ rwhp sportbikes are prone to lighten the front wheel rather easily. Get a damper. I went with a Scotts (rotary) from Dan Kyle...a Hyper Pro (linear) may be a less expensive alternative (not sure about price). Did I mention that IMHO a damper would be the way to go? *

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For me, I probably use the damper more on the street than I ever would on the track. With the crap roads we have around here, all chunked up by winter madness, pot holes and cracks can send the blade into a tizzy. (heh, he said 'tizzy').

When I looked a while ago, the cheapest and best bang for the buck was the Hyperpro. Scotts was in there too... Some people have had complaints about the build quality of the Hyperpro but mine has been A1 and I have no complaints. I don't even know it's there until my head starts shaking.

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Re: Obvious Question

Thanks for the advice guy's..........I take it the Hyperpro is the cheapest and is ok quality???



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i'd stay away from hyper pro i've heard too many stories.
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Re: Obvious Question

I have a toby on my 00 929, it seems to work great and was cheaper than the hyperpro. not sure about how well it will work out in the long run, but it was only 279 if i remember correctly, maybe cheaper than that. i'm not a pro, but there's a response =)
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