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post #1 of 76 Old 11-24-2016, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Stabilizer/Damper

I am planning a trip to Inuvik for next Spring and thinking of adding a steering stabilizer. I have not had any luck finding one that is made for this bike, but there is a thread showing how to add one for a 650 with just one extra hole to drill on the mount. That sounded good, but the problem is, the Scott stabilizer wants to sit in between the handle bar mounts, right were I have my GPS, Delorme and my TPMS.

I could move the GPS above the instrument cluster, and the Delorme could go in my pocket (it should probably be there anyways), and the TPMS could be moved anywhere since it is rather small, however having the GPS up front I think would vibrate too much, and it may be too far away to be of much use. Thoughts on that?

Anyways, I was looking at what it would take to install a damper on the Forks instead and came across a picture that looks close to what the V2 has



These types of stabilizers are far less expensive than the Scotts, about 1/5th the price actually, but are they any good, and would it work in this location?
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My R65LS BMW had a similar stabilizer on it. It's a nice addition to help in countering unwanted input. Too hip!
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It was me that made the Wee unit fit the V2.

My TPMS is mounted at the front brake master cylinder.

For my GPS I used one of the ball mounts that replace the handlebar mounting bolts, RAM call it a handlebar clamp base.
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It was me that made the Wee unit fit the V2.

My TPMS is mounted at the front brake master cylinder.

For my GPS I used one of the ball mounts that replace the handlebar mounting bolts, RAM call it a handlebar clamp base.
Do you have a picture of your GPS mount? I am having a hard time imagining where you put that.
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My R65LS BMW had a similar stabilizer on it. It's a nice addition to help in countering unwanted input. Too hip!
I kind of like the location of that, underneath and out of the way, as long as it works. Did you ever have to test yours?
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That should work. Yes, they work fine on road bikes.

There are two reasons the Scotts is popular, you can adjust it on the fly (I've never adjusted mine) the second reason is that that style of damper has a track record of coming adrift and jamming the steering. The Scott's don't do that.

So, yes it can work, I'd be generous with the lock-tite though and make a point of inspecting it regularly.
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Do you have a picture of your GPS mount? I am having a hard time imagining where you put that.
I will have a look and see what I can do.

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That exact same steering damper setup is what came factory OEM on my 1988 GSXR1100.
As I have never taken it off I cannot say how effective it is but the 1100 has always been stable unlike the GSXR750 I owned before it.
I have fitted steering dampers of this type to other bikes and their addition is very noticeable. They are usually adjustable but not to the extent of a Scotts damper.
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I think it was Rick that said the V2 could not take one and the upside down forks eliminated the need? Or maybe I dreamt that.
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That would describe the need for a fork brace, not a steering stabilizer. I drilled and tapped a 1/4-28 hole in my Scotts mount to the left of the stabilizer for a RAM ball mount but the main GPS is closer to the line of sight while riding when mounted high.


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