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what do damper kits do?

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' at netrider.net.au started by Filo01, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. i know this might be really newb, but wat do damper kits(steering bar) do?


     
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  2. They're designed to counter the phenomenon known as 'tank-slapping'.

    On some bikes there are certain conditions that can lead to a tank-slapper: where the 'bars flick back and forth violently and sometimes result in complete loss of control of the motorcycle. The conditions can be maintenance related: tyres, suspension, etc; or it could be related to how the bike is being ridden: accelerating out of a corner and/or hitting a bump; even landing a wheelie badly. Some bikes are more prone than others: sportsbikes are most likely to suffer from tank-slappers due to the bike's geometry (and can also be harder to counter with the reduced leverage provided by clip-on 'bars). Bigger bikes also suffer from it more than smaller bikes, in my experience.

    Anyway, the steering dampers basically add a shock to your steering that will stop the back and forth flicking effect that can turn into a dangerous tank-slapper. They do make the bike slightly harder/slower to steer in doing so, but most people think it's worth it.
     
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  3. Basically slows down how fast the forks can move, therefore keeping the bike more stable.

    Mine's adjustable, in the tight stuff I have it on about 3 clicks, bit more bumpy and open I take it up to about ten, out of 25 clicks. Any higher and it's too stiff to ride easily.

    A lot of bikes don't need them, I have one because my bike being naked it's twitchy in the front, and bumps unsettle it.
     
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