Try the 15mm lowering of the tripple clamp/ forks. I read the posts and still didn't believe. Took me all of 2 minutes (at least one was spent looking for my toolbox) - the bike front end seems sooooo much more stabile.
I helped scotts performance to develop a damper kit for the strom. They orignaly didn't want to do it since the strom would not be a big seller.
But in any case other then the scotts I didn't see a way with the fering to do a less expencive cylender or universal damper install.
Anyway all my bikes get dampers. For me they make the bike easier to ride and give less fatiegue. Hopefully in the process they will help prevent a tank slapper (which is reason #2 for me having one) Course having the damper first rather then getting one after having a slapper I suppose I would never know I'd had a slapper.
Turns out when I was hit by a left hand turner I believe the damper saved me from having a broken hand and or wrist on impact when the bars were tossed to the left on impact. That was a benifit I never considered when getting a damper. Reguardless my hand and wrist were hurt and swolen following the accident but not broken.
Anyway it is an expencive piece but I put a high value on it. Even removed it from the bike before the wreckers took it..
Yep I think it helped in any case. Couldent have hurt. In my accident the car pulled out in front of me and I stuffed my front tire in the cars rear wheel well. If you looked at my bike from the front in addition to the forks being bent back they were also twisted left. My left hand happened to be worse them my right in the accident but I can only assume the damper slowed it enough to save me a big problem.
the damper kit for the DL1000 should fit the 650. I had an opertunity to measure up the 650 while it was at the dealer a few weeks ago but forgot (was picking my 1000 up..) but in any case even those they are hard mount and the 1000 are soft long as the spread between the clamps is the same along with the offset of center of the steering tube they will work. I think the 1000 came out to being 100mm between center of the screws from one clamp to the other.
I could take some measurements if I find another 650 or just post them here but perhaps scotts already knows. I told him a few weeks ago I would try to check my self but by the time I made it back to the dealer the 650 on the floor was of course gone.
Do I need to add risers for the bars to fit the Scotts Dampner? I already have the dampner from a past bike and would like to mount it to the strom 650. ITs jsut sitting in the garage and I would rather be using it. The mount kit is $129 and I am interested in mounting it up but want to know what is neccessary to mount it up. Thanks
Actually I have mounted a scotts on my strom and love it especially the easy adjustment on the fly. I bought mine directly from scotts and it comes with a new bracket to mount under the front of the tank for the pin that the damper uses to rotate around. The 2 caps that hold the bars on the top yoke are replaced with a CNC'd plate that the damper bolts on to so all in all a nice clean instalation!
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