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post #1 of 13 Old 10-02-2018, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone outfitted a steering damper to their Hornet??

Did a search (both thread and post search), but nothing showed up. I have a generic damper I had from my old F4i that I am looking to possibly mount, and want to see locations others have used. Other uprights I've owned in the past(1st Gen SV650, SV1000) have benefitted from one, so figured it's worth a shot to see about mounting one to this one??

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I've seen on mounted on the left and it was in front of your knee. It stuck out a bit too far for my liking, but from one fork to the frame area IIRC.

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I know I can find a 43mm clamp for a damper for the forks. Problem is, where to find a mount for the frame, and how is it done? So that it will allow for full lock-to-lock steering, but not rub against anything?

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919s don't need steering dampers.
They are extremely stable, even wheelie ending out of line front wheel landing doesn't upset them unless one is crossed up so bad that it's beyond the damper salvation zone.
If a 919 has a nervous front end, something is way out of whack that needs to be found and fixed.
If one has one they are resolute on mounting, fine, view it as eye candy and a maybe save me device, but leave it set lightly.
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I know I can find a 43mm clamp for a damper for the forks. Problem is, where to find a mount for the frame, and how is it done? So that it will allow for full lock-to-lock steering, but not rub against anything?
IIRC, the frame just above where the radiator mounted to is where I say one before.

I looked at a few pics, seems you should be able to get it in there.

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While not necessary, I find the addition of a damper is beneficial if you regularly ride backroads that aren't always maintained as well as main thoroughfares.
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If you just like spending money on farkles I am all for it. Outside of that it is a waste of time & money. I've had a 919 3 feet off the ground at 100+ mph and still never needed a damper. A baby wipe or some clean underwear for the passenger maybe, but not a damper...
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Yeah I can attest to the stability. I might get some nice handlebar wobbles after sailing over a new york style parkway speedbump mid corner and on power, but I just stay in it and it always seems to settle out. Under a certain circumstance, if I let go of the handlebars, the bike does set itself off into a tank slapper. Maybe I'll make a thread about that and see if anyone can tell me what's up with that.

friend of mine really sending it, his bike aint got a steering stabilizer either


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I ran one for a while, installed as a kind of "what if" project - a bit of a farkle, I guess. It got bent when my bike took a tumble off its side-stand, and I never replaced it - I don't miss it at all.

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919s don't need steering dampers.
They are extremely stable, even wheelie ending out of line front wheel landing doesn't upset them unless one is crossed up so bad that it's beyond the damper salvation zone.
If a 919 has a nervous front end, something is way out of whack that needs to be found and fixed.
If one has one they are resolute on mounting, fine, view it as eye candy and a maybe save me device, but leave it set lightly.
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Yeah I can attest to the stability. I might get some nice handlebar wobbles after sailing over a new york style parkway speedbump mid corner and on power, but I just stay in it and it always seems to settle out. Under a certain circumstance, if I let go of the handlebars, the bike does set itself off into a tank slapper. Maybe I'll make a thread about that and see if anyone can tell me what's up with that.
Likely a well worn front tire starting to get some abnormal wear... It's made worse if you have a top case or anything on the back that unloads the front. My bike always does this on the back half of a front tires life and it always goes away when I put a new front on.

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Likely a well worn front tire starting to get some abnormal wear... It's made worse if you have a top case or anything on the back that unloads the front. My bike always does this on the back half of a front tires life and it always goes away when I put a new front on.
Yeah that's what I initially thought too. But, it did it on brand new tires too.

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Yeah I can attest to the stability. I might get some nice handlebar wobbles after sailing over a new york style parkway speedbump mid corner and on power, but I just stay in it and it always seems to settle out. Under a certain circumstance, if I let go of the handlebars, the bike does set itself off into a tank slapper. Maybe I'll make a thread about that and see if anyone can tell me what's up with that.
This is an interesting video that may be relevant regarding wobble & weave. It starts about 4:05 in the video.




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