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So I’ve come to the conclusion after a tank slapper that maybe a steering dampener is right for me. Problem is I don’t want to risk my life with a 70$ Chinese dampener but I don’t have enough dough for a $500 Scott’s( and probably won’t for a long time) is there any good brand that makes one in the 150-250 price range that is actually worth a crap?
 

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Honestly man i had a scare too and luckily i found a GPR stabilizer on revzilla. They have a nice feature on their website that allows you to use a company called affirm to make the purchase.

Basically affirm lends the money in full to revzilla as long as you are approved for the amount of the purchase and then you would make monthly payments based on whether you choose to pay it off in 3 months, 6 months, or a year.

This really helped me out in getting the one i wanted without worrying about it being faulty when i recieved it, requiring a bunch of modification for it to fit, or it failing while i ride. GPR is one of the best ones out there and i highly recommend it.

Check it out if you want.
 

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Id suggest keeping an eye on the forums for sale threads - good quality ones come up second hand regularly - thats probably your best bet
 

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well first off its DAMPER...dammit!

Second... why are you looking to add one if you havent adjusted & set your suspension up for yourself... which includes setting sag, compression, rebound, and spring rate(s). Have you lubed all your suspension points?

Third... have you checked your tire pressure(s) ????

Fourth...what kind of gear do you ride in? Full leathers? Airbag leather suit? Race guantlet? Back protector? Armor shorts? Race boots??

No damper is going to save you from poor riding skill or poor bike maintenance.

The above 4 things are what I would be looking at before dropping any loot on a DAMPER!!
 

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Suspension and tire pressure (tires are an important part of the suspension) I suspect play a large part in this "phenomenon". Throttle control is a major contributor as well. It seems to only happen when hitting a large enough bump while leaned approximately 60~30°. Car or bike, I'm only more aggressive on roads I know really well. So needless to say I don't repeat the exact circumstances that led to the event. I do however try to test and learn... and increasing my tire pressure from high 30s to 42 (on the VIN label) seems to reduce the susceptibility. Not sure where I got the previous pressures but suspect I was running pressures that were based around tire sidewall, rather than VIN tag. The manufacturer sets the suspension, and therefore their recommendations should be taken into higher consideration, versus what's on the tire sidewall. When I'm sure that my skill level is consistent and plateaued, I'll get around to some educated-fiddling with the suspension settings.
 

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1 sorry I can’t spell
2 no I haven’t set the suspension up but I had the shop lube everything the last time it was in.
3 They’re good right now for sure but I also have changed the tires since then.
4 I usually have on a full face helmet, leather jacket, or my mesh jacket, Kevlar pants, boots, and gloves( I plan on getting a full suit later this summer)
 

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Dave Moss (suspension guru extraordinaire) explains head shake/ tank slappers, and what to do about them. Curiously, the one thing he DOESN'T mention........ hmmmm.

Fix the cause. Don't band-aid the symptoms.

 

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Re: Cheap Steering dampener that’s won’t kill me

Dave Moss (suspension guru extraordinaire) explains head shake/ tank slappers, and what to do about them. Curiously, the one thing he DOESN'T mention........ hmmmm.

Fix the cause. Don't band-aid the symptoms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmHU-gtlOKo
Thanks
thanks :bow
 

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I've got an ohlins, dropped a ton of coin on it. I got this one over the others as i have heard some people say that the rotary style dampers, like the scotts, tend to leak after a few seasons and require a rebuild. Not gonna lie, i think the ohlins damper that i have is WAYYYY overkill for the typical street riding i do. it looks awesome, and i get compliments on it, but i don't think it's really worth how much i spent....600$. I agree that setting the suspension definitely is something to focus on first, along with tire pressure and riding skill.
 
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