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Old 11-22-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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New to me R6, have questions.

Just bought my first R6 2003, heard they are prone to tank slappers... Is this true? Is a steering dampener a good investment? What are your thoughts? Is there anything I should know about the 2003?
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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All bikes are prone to tank slappers. Bad riding technique leads to tank slappers. How long have you been riding? I'm assuming you are new from this question.

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:22 AM   #4
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I took the bikers safety course and have had my liscence for three summers now. I just upgraded from a 125cbr to the 600.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:31 AM   #5
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All bikes are prone to tank slappers. Bad riding technique leads to tank slappers. How long have you been riding? I'm assuming you are new from this question.

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So does good riding technique, especially if you can actually ride the bike.

A damper is always a good idea, especially because it inspires confidence. Confidence is always important.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:36 AM   #6
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Welcome to the family.
I went from an older heavier YZF600R (thundercat), never really had an issue on that bike. 1st good ride on my 01' and it got slap happy a few times on me. Bought a damper and replaced the crappy Shinko tires and it hasn't happened since.

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Old 11-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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Re: New to me R6, have questions.

tank slappers are, in my opinion, almost always rider induced. i had one this past season at a track day at about 110mph. it was because i had too much input on the bars because i was tired and lazy at the end of a session near the end of the day.

a damper will help, but it may only mask bad riding habits/technique.

just make sure you understand the how and why before you blindly install a damper...


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Old 11-23-2012, 09:11 PM   #8
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So to answer your question, "yes", it's not a bad idea at all. Especially if you go to the track. GPR is my favorite, but there are many kinds on the market. Oh, and welcome to the site.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:33 AM   #10
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So to answer your question, "yes", it's not a bad idea at all. Especially if you go to the track. GPR is my favorite, but there are many kinds on the market. Oh, and welcome to the site.
I actually use it on a less on the track then I do on the streets.
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