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    • If you ride primarily street you might not think you need or want a steering damper, if you ride in the dirt more chances are you do.

      Like a lot of parts out there for motorcycles you can easily ride without them, but adding them can make your riding experience better.

      A steering Damper is one of those parts.

      My choice is a GPR4 on my current ride, a KTM 500exc, mostly because I already owned it

    • So exactly what does a steering damper do?

      A steering damper, or steering stabilizer is a damping device designed to inhibit an undesirable, uncontrolled movement or oscillation of a vehicle steering mechanism, a phenomenon known in motorcycling as wobble.

      In my case, riding offroad, when the front wheel hits unseen rocks, or bounces off an edge that forces my front end to move violently the steering damper stops or reduces that drastic movement before I can even think to react.

      I can tell you will 100% certainty I would have hit the ground a lot, hell of a lot more than if I were riding without it, it has certainly improved my riding and enjoyment of riding in the dirt, rocks and sand

    • The restriction happens internally due to compression of oil and the unit restricting that movement.

      To make this happen a fixed point on the bike is needed. In my case the mount to do that is bolted around the neck on the upper frame. The black upright you can see below.

      So imagine the bars turn from left to right and move freely at a normal speed, and there is no effect, steering is normal and loose.

      Add a overly fast movement and the arm relays that movement to the damper and it does exactly what is says, it dampens

    • For street bikes the set-up is slightly different, see below. This version is from HyperPro, a large Euro suspension specialist

      The way they describe them is -

      Motorcycles with a short wheelbase and an aggressive steering geometry provides the ability to make very quick changes in direction. As a side-effect it the bike is less stable, gives less feedback from uneven road surfaces, and is more difficult to control. If the front wheel is not completely inline from the direction of travel when it touches down after a small wheelie, it may cause an unwanted wobble. 

    • Sometimes difficult to understand and how to set them up correctly, I just finished an interview with Jimmy Rios, owner of BRP - Billet Racing Products who have be making mounts and selling Scotts Steering Stabilizers for over 25 years.

      He is the perfect person to explain exactly how one functions and how to install it correctly

      If you are interested to read more about BRP and the products they make then jump over to ADVrider and read the whole interview

    • I use a Scott damper on my dirt bike. I took it off for the motocross track so I could get a better feel for what my bike was doing. I haven’t put it back on since. If I start doing more high speed off road stuff again then I’ll go back to the damper. The regular mount damper also raises the handlebars - something I like since I ride standing. On the MX track however I prefer the bars lower for better cornering etc.

    • I can see that on a MX track the need for fluidity of movement, and how a damper could impede and make the ride tougher