Re: Steering damper woes... a little help please?
So got the damn thing out. Drilling was a little difficult due to the movement of it but not too bad. Made an interesting (well a few) discoveries...
First, the damper is trash. The shaft is all marred up from what seems to be pliers perhaps. Like there are actual chunks taken out of it. So that sucks. someone tried to so something to it at some point and seemingly failed miserably.
Plan to order a replacement. Not sure if it will be OE (may not be able to afford that) or aftermarket yet.
Secondly, the bike actually rides ok without it. No noticeable bad habits under all conditions that I could come up with to replicate. nothing bad, Tried everything i could think of - accelerating, accelerating out of a corner, braking in a corner, no hands low speed, no hands high speed, no hands really high speed, no hands in a slight corner, one handed in corners, deliberate upsets in stability, ect.
Third, it actually handles BETTER than it did with the bad damper on there. In a past post I was bitching about wind bumping me around a lot... turns out the wind still bumps me around but not anywhere near as bad as it did with that messed up damper. The old damper had some dampening action but had a pretty broad null zone. I think this was exaggerating the wind problems I had. The bike just soars right along now up to triple digits with no pucker moments now. Couldn't do that before. The thing was all over the road before.
Obviously I would not suggest anyone remove the damper as it is clearly there for a reason but if you were having tracking or stability problems with wind like me, it is a place to look for a problem possibly.
should have a replacement in a week or so and will report back with findings.
Justin - Las Vegas, NV
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