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post #1 of 13 Old 05-19-2008, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Stabilizer or Performance Rear Shock

I'm looking for my next farkle.

I have the front of my bike pretty well set up with a 17" front wheel and .90 sonic springs. At this point I'm thinking of adding a performance rear shock or a steering stabilizer.

I'm 160# geared up and the rear shock seems fine but my bike did just turn 50,000 miles. If I'm going to need to change the shock I figured now would be the time. My issue with a aftermarket performance rear shock is the $600-$1000 seems too high for a $6000 motorcycle.

I ride in gusty cross winds about 7 months a year. I also brave so. California freeway everyday commuting to work. I regularly have sudden slow downs and am riding on lane dots/reflectors. The steering stabilizer seems like a good choice price and performance wise.

Has anyone have a steering stabilizer then add a aftermarket performance rear shock later or install a aftermarket performance rear shock then the steering stabilizer later. If so which made a bigger difference and by how much.

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The big deal about a steering stabilizer is that it will prevent a tank slapper that can cause real damage. Both it and the shock can help controllability but I consider the steering damper a must for any bike I own. I have scars, pain and a lighter wallet that would not have happened if I had one on my last bike.

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The big deal about a steering stabilizer is that it will prevent a tank slapper that can cause real damage. Both it and the shock can help controllability but I consider the steering damper a must for any bike I own. I have scars, pain and a lighter wallet that would not have happened if I had one on my last bike.

Totally agree! Save your @ss and get the stabilizer. Once you have experienced a tankslapper $400 bucks will seem cheap. Also makes the bike handle better on the rough stuff.
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Do you already have a fork brace? Can't tell from your post. As to the issue of a rear shock, I just put a DL1000 shock on my DL650 with a new Hyperpro spring. Works great. Cheap.
i have a fork brace. i need to look into a DL1000 shock/w aftermarket spring.

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Do you already have a fork brace? Can't tell from your post. As to the issue of a rear shock, I just put a DL1000 shock on my DL650 with a new Hyperpro spring. Works great. Cheap.
that sounds like a low buck upgrade....if you dont mind my asking how much do you weigh and how much did the combo set you back???

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Derek, checked out your website. You have a beautiful family and ride in some of the most difficult and demanding conditions anyone can ride in. Get the stabalizer. I'll bet you $1 you will feel it squash some serious headshake one of these days.

Sure your shock is worn out, nobody's shock lasts 50K miles. But that ain't a bad idea to score a cheap Vee shock. I'll bet you can figure out how to have both the stabalizer and a replacement shock. Get both items used maybe?

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Steering Damper & rear shock

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The big deal about a steering stabilizer is that it will prevent a tank slapper that can cause real damage. Both it and the shock can help controllability but I consider the steering damper a must for any bike I own. I have scars, pain and a lighter wallet that would not have happened if I had one on my last bike.
Greywolf,

Which do you recommend for the steering stabilizer and rear shock?
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A Scotts steering stabilizer is what I have and the only one I know of made specifically for our bikes. Elka or Wilbers shocks get good reviews but I still have the stock setup.

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You only need a stabilizer for very high speed, and maybe not even then but a new shock will repay you every time you ride and at every speed.
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A stabilizer also comes into play at lower speeds on rough roads. My local expressway is under construction and is using the shoulder as a travel lane. In some places where the ramp is cut into the roadway, erosion has created diagonal ruts as wide as a motorcycle tire. I'm thankful for my stabilizer every time I travel that road. There are road hazards that will do their best to take the handlebars out of your hands without a stabilizer especially when you don't have the gyroscopic and inertial forces of higher speeds involved.

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