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post #1 of 12 Old 12-23-2003, 12:08 AM
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Steering stabilizers?

Anyone using a steering damper/stabilizer? Looks like a good idea, should add sability without giving up agility. What kind are you using? Is it a kit or custom mounted? What did it cost?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-11-2004, 02:49 PM
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Re: Steering stabilizers?

Originally Posted by Motornoggin
Anyone using a steering damper/stabilizer? Looks like a good idea, should add sability without giving up agility. What kind are you using? Is it a kit or custom mounted? What did it cost?
I saw one at my dealer last Saturday that supposedly works with the 'Stom. It was absolutely beautifully made but my eyes glazed over though at the cost...about $350 plus installation.
post #3 of 12 Old 02-12-2004, 12:31 AM
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-22-2004, 06:35 PM
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Also check out as they make one for both flavors (650 or 1000) of the V-Strom. Hang onto you wallets, however. The kit is about $450.
post #5 of 12 Old 03-22-2004, 07:40 PM
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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.

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-24-2004, 01:16 PM
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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..


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Any body know if the Scott Damper will work on a dl650?


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post #8 of 12 Old 03-24-2004, 09:45 PM
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If a steering dampner saved me from a broken wrist I would consider one.
I do not think the VS is overly prown to tank slappers.

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-25-2004, 09:05 AM
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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.

post #10 of 12 Old 01-25-2006, 09:17 AM
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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
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