jmw855 - welcome aboard!
I don't think there are a lot of guys using dampers on their 919s. The people at Scotts are very helpful though and have lots of answers. I have one of their dampers on my ktm & on my r6 shortly.
Originally Posted by cpg74
There really isn't a need for a dampner on the 919
I think that's his way of saying he hasn't tried it.
As far as I'm concerned, a damper is only going to improve things. Having come from a MX background I'm in the mind set that a damper should come standard on everything! Although, I have yet to do one myself on the 9'er.
Over my 50 years of riding every street motorcycle you've ever heard of, and many you haven't, I can say there are some that desperately need dampers, some that could benefit from them, and some that a damper would be a trick looking waste of money. The 919 falls squarely into the latter category. It is supremely stable without being difficult to steer, and the only time mine wanted to shake its head, when I hit a board laying diagonally across my lane on the freeway, all I had to do was let go of the bars and it damped out within a second. The lesson there was most instabilities are the result of the rider fighting the bike rather than working with it, and once you learn to trust the bike it's apparent manners improve markedly. This, of course, assumes proper maintenance, tires in good shape and properly inflated, and nothing bent or otherwise damaged in a fall in which case the damper addresses the symptom rather than the cause.
Naturally, you are free to do whatever you want, but there are better ways to invest in the bike. Just sayin'.
If it has already been done, it is safe to assume it is possible to do it.
On the other hand, if it has not been done never assume it is impossible to do it.
------- Rob --------
I'm with Rob on this one. I've moved the forks up through the triple clamps 3/4" and dialed all the rear preload in and the bike is still stable as a rock. I'm also running unshortened renthal ultra lows. It seems as though a damper on this bike would slow the flickability I like so much. Relax and ride. That damper in the photo does look good tho. Good luck.