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post #1 of 18 Old 05-31-2010, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Dampers

Any one on here use them on their 919s? If so what ones do you use and did you see much benefit?

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-31-2010, 06:30 PM
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Don't think the 919 really goes fast enough to require a steering damper. My 2c.

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post #3 of 18 Old 05-31-2010, 07:21 PM
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I think it's the "lazier" geometry more than the lack of all-out speed (it's more than fast enough for me though) that negates the need for a damper on the 919. Having said that mine had one on it when I got it, so it's stayed there. I honestly can't feel much of a difference when I have it dialed up or when it's off. But I use it all the same. 5-6 clicks on when I'm out playing and riding at higher speeds and almost off when just puttering around town.

edit: I have a Toby unit on it by the way.

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Can't say I've had the need for one and our roads are a bit like sealed goat tracks! I swear they operate a machine late at night that is designed to make pot-holes.

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post #5 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 05:27 AM
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The geometry of the 9er makes people think they dont need one. Speed has jack schit to with it, its more bike design. A 10 speed will shake its head if its not designed properly.

I put one on mine just cause I would get some wobble out of it when I was really flogggin it on the back roads and I wanted something to slow things down if it got hairy one day. You can use a GSXr damper and get a fork clamp I did mine for under 75 smackers. I do want a nicer damper though but for a bike thats questionable if it needs it this is probabally fine.

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post #7 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 10:28 AM
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i didn't grab the link, but if you google around you'll find a web post about adapting a gsxr stabilizer for about $75 off ebay (maybe it was brian's, from above!) . i'm going to do one on my drag bike...i think. IF i get it running again. it oughtn't need one for being pushed around my garage.

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post #8 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 12:05 PM
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I got the idea from there i belive it was 919.org but i could be wrong. tried it, love it.

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post #9 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 04:22 PM
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919 is one of the most rock soild bikes i have riden on the street or highway ,,,so id say know to the damper...but they do look cool

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post #10 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 04:27 PM
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i'd say that riding with an inexperienced passenger and the attendant occasional low speed wobbles would be nicely addressed with a steering stabilizer. if that's an issue.

because my drag bike is lowered more in the rear than the front, i've increased my rake and trail and likely need a stabilizer even less. but, the first time i touch back down after a 100 mph 4th gear wheelie, i'll probably be wondering why i haven't gotten around to the $75 ebay fix.

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post #11 of 18 Old 06-02-2010, 03:34 AM
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steering damper

i also thought i didnt need one, but after i raced the 2010 ironman race a 1200 kms 24 hrs of rough phil hi way, i mounted gpr dirt bike steering damper from my drz 400sm, and it works

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-02-2010, 06:26 PM
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Definitly not needed. Maybe, if the bike has been raised in the rear, and lowered in the front it could come in handy on rare occations. But a relativly stock 919 it would only be for bling.

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I ordered a gsxr dampener yesterday. After it gets here I will mount it up and let you guys know. I figure for $36 it can't hurt.

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post #15 of 18 Old 06-03-2010, 01:36 PM
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Can't say I've had the need for one and our roads are a bit like sealed goat tracks! I swear they operate a machine late at night that is designed to make pot-holes.
Glad I'm not the only one un-impressed with our roads.

I asked the same question when I first got my 919. Most answers from guys that know what they are talking about, is that the 919 is an extremely stable bike (set up very stable geometrically) and unless there is something wrong with your bike (tyres, suspension, etc.), you are unlikely to ever need one.

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Even crossed up wheelies gone awry don't get the Niner protesting. It's got the stablest front end you could ever ask for even if it is vague at best...

That's not to say you couldn't induce a headshake, but I doubt you will ever experience one severe enough to cause you any problems. The lazy geometry as well as the flexy frame really absorbs the energy that gets transmitted through the wheel into the forks & throughout the chassis. If you did get into a tank slapper on the 919 that was aggressive enough for concern it would most likely be from some action on the riders part that was truly out of the design scope of the bike and in that case I doubt a steering damper is going to save your butt when you screw the pooch like that.

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But a relativly stock 919 it would only be for bling.
I disagree, the 9er doesnt 'need' one but it certainly is functional and not a chrome air box or something stupid like that. Ive come down nasty from some 1 wheel action, nice for it to be there and functional. Ive also had an issue on it while under hard acceleration when she talked back a little i've had it happen with out the stabilizer and with and i like it better with!

Seems my f4i forks took the edge off the issue as well, it'll still do it just not as bad.... maybe i need to fiddle with the settings some more. Sounds like you should've rode yours harder

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i don't know how to post picture here, just visit this site for the picture..by the way, the bar mounts are just hand made..
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...&id=1013521642

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