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post #1 of 20 Old 11-26-2004, 5:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

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Consider the following situation.

Exiting a medium speed turn (K5) into the main straight at the local track. 2nd gear at about 8-9k, speed about 120-130 km/h.

As I (as gently as I can) wind up the throttle, the bike really tries to wiggle its head.

The main straight that follows the turn is somewhat short (i.e. about 580m, 200-220 km/h tops).

I've tried short-shifting into 3d gear, but this puts me out of the engine's sweet spot and I lose speed.

If I stay on the gas I spend 200 metres with the bike's front-end wiggling...

Although I am not 100% correct on my body positioning I'm pretty sure that I am almost there. Exiting the turn I keep my body to the inside, pushing my external peg, and countersteering a bit in order to get the bike as upright as possible as early as possible.

hmm.. now that I think of it maybe after exiting the turn I am doing something wrong while getting to the fully crouched position... and this is what upsets the bike...

Nevertheless, if my body positiong/input is correct (i.e. holding the bike with my feet, not pushing the bars etc.), will fitting a steering damper allow me to get on the gas harder?

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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

If your suspension is dialed in properly a damper will definitely help!! You will still feel some oscillation but usually no more then that.
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You don't belong on the track without a damper. You won't regret buying one.
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

I Mounted an ** OHLIN'S on mine , No more head shake
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

I have a Matris Pro 4 on mine. Worth every penny.
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

Have a Hyperpro for 3 years, awesome piece. On the track, get a damper!

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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

I have attended quite a few track days this season, and I have experienced the same thing you are describing... I can't say that the shakes were very scary, but from all I have been reading the line between having a small headshake and disaster is pretty thin... If I can afford it,I will order an ÍHLINS steering damper from DK or Cal Sportbike this winter.




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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

Have a Scotts on my '00 929 & toying around with the GBR on my '03 954. Both very good investments & well worth the money.
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

Having a damper sure takes the 'O CRAP' out of setting the front end back down after exiting a tight corner. 100% in favor of dampers!
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

thanks for the input guys..

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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

I am not even a "wannabe track jockey" and a steering dampener (Scotts) was my first purchase for 929
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

Yep, get the damper. I got a GPR and it has saved my butt a couple of time.
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

The Scott's damper I put on my 929 was the best aftermarket product I have ever owned, car or bike. It transformed the 929 blade.
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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

I fitted a Scotts to mine about 6 months ago after getting a high speed tankslapper in a similar situation to the one Vader56 described and haven't had one since. The unexpected bonus is the feeling of control and stability in bumpy corners. I got mine for ~USD$300 via the FS section. I'd say they are mandatory on a 954.

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Re: Will fitting a steering damper make a difference?

I must be one of the fortunate ones. Ive never had a tankslapper on my 954 and i ride it very hard. maybe its the 110 kilos that stop it moving around
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