Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: What do steering dampers really do?
The damper on the LT does absolutely nothing for small moves, very little for slower long moves. It only becomes active after the bar tips have moved a couple inches, and then only if they move pretty fast.
The only reason for it is to damp rapid moves to prevent fast oscillation. Just about any bike will get into a rapid oscillation at some fixed speed if conditions are correct and the damper is not working right.
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