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Sorry for the amateurish question, but what is the purpose of a steering damper, like the one found on the R1? Does it just make the handlebars harder to turn?
 

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well there are a few different types of dampers, there are rotary, active, adjustable, ect. for the adjustable ones you can adjust the pressure they create.

but the function of dampers are not to make the steering harder but rather prevent tank slappers, they help reduce vibrations, if you drag race they help you stay straight, and they also help smoothness in corners.
 
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