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post #1 of 7 Old 05-22-2016, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Steering dampers/stabilisers

Hi folks,
are there any alternatives to the Scott stabiliser around that aren't as expensive? Or even brackets that someone has made to enable the fitting of a standard gsxr type damper? Cheers
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Hi folks,
are there any alternatives to the Scott stabiliser around that aren't as expensive? Or even brackets that someone has made to enable the fitting of a standard gsxr type damper? Cheers
I've had a linear damper from a GSXR on my shelf for over a year waiting till I can figure out how to mount it without interfering with something else on the bike. The GSXR dampers are so abundant and cheap on ebay (thanks squids!). I have one mounted on my XJ600 and I love it, especially on the highway. The V-strom is not as unstable as my naked XJ though, so I don't feel a strong need for it on the V-strom.

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Its a tricky one, I've seen one mount that used a gsxr type damper but it's difficult to fit. Might have to go with the scotts type. Just had a difficult time with some very gusty wind, and can't lower the front anymore, being a 2010 ABS model.
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I crashed my 2009 wee strom bc of speed wobbles exactly 1 year to the day that my friend told me to get a steering stabilizer. He printed the email for his "told you so". he had told me to get a GPR gprstabilizer.com. Cheaper but i had to fill out a form and talk to someone for a fitment kit. I was lazy so i went Scotts with rox risers after the crash.

I now have a 2014 DL1000, I might take my bike to their shop to get it fitted or have them make one. My scotts will probably stay in the wee strom, wont ride it without one.
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A Strom is a pretty stable bike. The geometry is not sport bike aggressive.

Speed wobbles? Something is not right. Steering head bearings bad or out of adjustment would be the first thing to check. Over loaded on the rear will induce higher speed problems. Tires, suspension adjust, etc.

Being blown around by the wind is a rider problem for the most part. The bike tracks fine in the wind if you let it.

IMO a stabilizer is a band aid on a Strom.

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One thing that causes instability on the first generation bikes is aerodynamics. I got tossed off by a tank slapper in 2006.

I was going too fast, like a real 111mph, 119mph indicated, because of a bad habit. I liked to see how fast the bike would go just one time during a trip when the road was straight for miles and had no traffic.

I had too much weight in the top case on the luggage rack. That made the front end aerodynamic lift even more dangerous. Also, the maximum safe speed for a bike with luggage is 80-85mph according to luggage manufacturers.

I chopped the throttle when I was scared about the speed I was going. That caused almost as much of a front end shock as dropping back down from a wheelie.

It was a perfect storm of bad choices.

Use a fork brace. Keep the speed reasonable. On first generation bikes, lower the front end or raise the rear 10-15mm to counter aerodynamic front end lift. Keep dense items low and forward in the luggage. The top case especially needs to stay light. Be smooth on the throttle.

After that experience, I was much happier with the added insurance of a steering stabilizer but those heeding the warnings will probably never need one when pavement riding..
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I always thought a steering damper was like insurance, you don't need it till you need it.
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