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ncdave
Posted 7/2/2016 2:47 PM (#89683)
Subject: Damper?


How necessary is a steering damper for street use? I will be using my 1600 Nomad as the tug. I plan to get a 6% rake for my triple tree in the front. Anyone have any guidance?
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Al Olme
Posted 7/2/2016 5:37 PM (#89684 - in reply to #89683)
Subject: RE: Damper?


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Wait to see if you need a damper. Many rigs don't need one and installing a damper does [very slightly] increase steering effort and quickness. IF you develop a wobble, head shake, etc. look to all the other causes before you add a damper. Check tire pressure, head bearing tightness. tire balance, lunar phase, wheel bearings, chrome vs. paint ratio and the like before you put down the bucks for a damper.
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trikebldr
Posted 7/2/2016 5:49 PM (#89687 - in reply to #89683)
Subject: RE: Damper?



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What Al said! He left out a few conditions to be aware of, like full moon, your birth sign, etc.
I've had three different bikes with sidecars and none of them needed a damper with stock front ends.
BTW, I'm Aquarius, so maybe that is an advantage! I dunno for sure.
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MrMike
Posted 7/5/2016 11:21 PM (#89750 - in reply to #89683)
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Please enlighten me some more. I was considering putting dampers on my second and third rig. Maybe I shouldn't.

First rig is an Enfield G5 with Kozi Rocket. Shakes so bad under 10 MPH I couldn't control it. Smooths out at about 15 MPH. Put a damper on it. Now all is good. Found out tire pressure is very important...
Second rig Yamaha V-Star 950 with Velorex 562. Sidecar frame has been re-enforced. Has never had a damper but wants to wobble at about 5 MPH if you relax your grip. Easy to control with a good grip. Considered damper because wife is supposed to take this rig over when she gets her license (?).
Third rig Honda VT 1100 T with Dauntless tandem. Big and heavy and slow but tracks good. Have noticed only the slightest shake at low speed with very relaxed grip.

All have stock front ends. Am I better off leaving them alone. Like they say: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Thanks for input.

Mike in MS

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