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 Post subject: Steering Damper
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:07 am 
BigRuckur wrote:


Anyone have any luck on installing a steering damper?

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Damper
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:32 am 
I've ridden a few bikes with steering dampers.....
one would run 130mph and another one was a sidecar rig with front leading link or Earles' suspension (similar to the old Honda Dream's). Yet another was a 1/2 ton touring bike.

their main purpose is to dampen oscillations in hard corners (for the 130mph bike) or on the sidecar rig, to reduce oscillations caused by the leading link suspension during hard acceleration when the front end gets light (unloaded).

On the BR I've only seen front end instability a few times and both were tire problems....
1) a 110/100 Pirelli front tire....a tall skinny tire with a small contact patch and very wierd wobbley handling in high speed corners
2) the OEM 110/90 IRC SS-550 with 8000+ miles....these tires get severely scalloped after ~6000 miles and high speed corners would induce severe "headshake", sometimes to the point of being a "tank slapper".

for the BR, I found adding 10-12 pounds of weight to the front end would eliminate or at least dramatically reduce headshake.

I suspect that 2-up riders might see more of an issue with this from unloading the front suspension during acceleration.....
that's probably why the Foresight used one.

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Damper
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:14 am 
Thanks for the heads up. I'll just start carrying a 12 pack of my favorite beverages up front, problem solved! :beers:

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Damper
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:01 pm 
Two things to give you a glass smooth ride

Dynabeads in your tires: http://www.innovativebalancing.com/index.php

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Heavy Bar End Weights: http://www.manicsalamander.com/

I run both of these

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Damper
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:55 pm 
Thanks to the ground work you guys have done on tuning the Big Ruckus my Urban Assualt Vehicle runs pretty smooth and handles decent. The bar end weights do sound intriguing though, so I might give them a try just for the hell of it.

Dyna beads I swear by, install them in everything I ride on. Put them in the stock IRC's when I got the scoot and with 5000 miles on them they just hum and ride smooth as silk.

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