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Steering Damper

Anybody know a steering dumper for the 2010 650? I did some modifications and now need one! Ohlins or Scott doesnt have one...
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This might help: http://www.dimotiv.com.tw/html/front...ategory=352323

That is just for the mounting.

Then I'm assuming this mounts into it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-Steering...8eba9d&vxp=mtr

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Damper without clamp available for less:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw...amper&_sacat=0


DMOTIV also offers these engine guards, much like my Hepco&Becker's, but with additional extensions on front of lateral bars.

http://www.dimotiv.com.tw/html/front...ategory=352323

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What kind of modifications would make a steering damper necessary?
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Wow one of the best bikes I've seen.
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Google up hyperpro sterring dampers. they are mounted using DMV kits specific for 2010-up versys.






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A question...why do you need a damper on your V?
I have only needed one once, on my 1970 Norton Commando, when the bar started wobbling at one occasion on a bumpy paved road when I was riding way too fast. Bike had stock ribbed tire in front which I think was the cause. I bought a damper and put it on, but after replacing that tire to a Dunlop K81 (like the rear) the need was not there any longer.

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How did you cover up the tank brackets? Nice work
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The high and wide stock handlebars on the V actually negates the need for a steering damper. just hold on tight and pray that the bike straightens itself out!

but anyway, there may be occasion where the front end were lowered down too much (either by raising the forks or swapping in a shorter fork like the zx636 fork mod done by Hoghead BUT without lowering the rear) will result in a twitchy front end especially at high speed, hence a steering damper *could possibly* be of help.

anyway it's your bike, do whatever you want on your bike.

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anyway it's your bike, do whatever you want on your bike.
Nota bene! Do NOT misunderstand me here, please. I am NOT disputing the TS.
I am seriously interersted what benefit it will bring to me/my bike if I get a steering damper.

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None. Unless you are doing a lot of hairy off roading.

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Bike looks great

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None. Unless you are doing a lot of hairy off roading.
After having done some "hairy off roading" when I was younger - I'm NOT sure you'd want a steering damper which 'dampens' steering inputs when you are making LOTS of small (and large INPUTS) riding dirt....

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Nota bene! Do NOT misunderstand me here, please. I am NOT disputing the TS.
I am seriously interersted what benefit it will bring to me/my bike if I get a steering damper.
I don't think there is any benefit. No matter how hard I push the bike through the twisties, there is zero head shake. However, I've owned a sportster that would shake violently while accelerating hard out of a sweeper. So I was looking at fork braces as well as a steering dampener. Ended up on a ZX6R which came with a steering dampener stock.

In a nut shell, if your not getting a head shake while really pushing the bike, then it's useless. But it does look cool!
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Nota bene! Do NOT misunderstand me here, please. I am NOT disputing the TS.
I am seriously interersted what benefit it will bring to me/my bike if I get a steering damper.
as what i have mentioned earlier. if your bike is stock, you would hardly (actually you dont) need a steering damper on the versys. really.

once i ran a 47T rear sprox. occasionally i accidentally gave a tad too much twist to the throttle and my front lift up with me least expecting it to. that sudden scary moment when i felt nothing on the handlebar and the subsequent landing made me thinking to put a steering damper to keep the head tight and straight whenever such incident occur, so i thought. turns out going back to 46T is cheaper and hey, i dont need a steering damper after all.

but i know of a few guys who would put all those unnecessary bells and whistles on their bikes but i wont ask why.

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Doesn't it look cool?
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Doesn't it look cool?
Yes.....Yes it does.
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that radiator guard looks cool though


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