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Re: LSL Steering Damper - HELP
OK, so here's an update just for the record in case someone else comes up with the same question.
I bought the LSL damper that was on offer through eBay.
Its German made, and has 7 available damping positions - from nearly nothing to quite stiff.
The damper fits on the top triple clamp under the steering stem nut (the kit comes with a slightly thinner nut to keep everything tidy) with a cast finger that fits down into the front left hand side to keep every safe and prevent any movement.
One end of the damper rod is attached to the fitting that mounts on the top triple clamp, and the other to the mounting bracket that fits on the frame at the front tank mount.
...Which means when its fitted it doesn't sit straight across the frame a la Ohilns, but at an angle (roughly parallel to the left clip-on) across the front left of the tank - looks pretty good actually.
You'd think it'd get in the way all the time, but the only time I've noticed it was at hard left lock turning out of a gas station.
As for riding stability - I've never gone so hard over the rough, bumpy road I use for my Saturday morning blast with such confidence - the bike is SO stable now its amazing !. (I'm running on the 5th out of 7 clicks adjustment).
The only thing I've noticed (and I'm sure its pretty true for most dampers) is that in cornering I need to apply a little more pressure to the bars than I used to. In the past I'd really only need to 'think' about tightening my line and it'd happen, now I need to make a conscious effort to push the inside bar.
Otherwise, it's the best money I've spent on the bike in a long time !.