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Getting ready to ride again this year, and a damper is pretty strong on my mind. Been looking at different ones, and was wondering if there was a big difference from each manufacturer? There looks like two distinctive types, the Ohlins looking like just a Hydraulic bar, and GPR/Scotts look like an 'head' unit on top of the triple. Is either type better than the other? They're all within $50 of each other, I just don't know the pros/cons.
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2002 Honda CBR F4I
2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6
I've never ridden with the rotary dampers and don't know haw they feel on the road. I have had both adjustable and non adjustable linear dampers, the adjustable ones are far better. I can't say any particular brand does a better job, the ohlins just have finer adjustment. But is it worth the extra cost? I don't think so. The rotary dampers were developed for the dirt and I think they should stay there. You may also have to start drilling holes to mount some of the rotary dampers.
Don't think you need a damper for the street. I've never pushed any bike so hard on the street to cause a "tankslapper".
A well setup chassis shouldn't need one on public roads...just my 2 cents
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Research dampers, dampeners, and damperers. Big difference.
I am faster than you. You are faster than me. Where exactly does that leave us?
probably one of the best pieces to install on a bike if not equipt already.
Between turns 3 and 4 at Mission I can honestly say it saved me from eating some ground.
Wonky pavement out on back roads can do the same thing, mind you, it takes a bit of pushing the bike beyond what would be considered normal street riding.
I think though that it doesn't matter too much on which brand as long as it is quality, it might be a little tougher to find something that fits on older models.
Your question might be answered more correctly by visiting the WMRC forums.
Dampers are really nice on some bikes, not as useful on others. My Vstrom holds a very good line
in the corners, and does not feel like it needs one at all. My older ZRX was a bit more of a beast
in that regard, and a damper absolutely improved confidence, and made the front end a lot less
Some bikes, by design, are just much more inherently stable, and do not benefit, on regular day
to day riding, by adding one. For track, it's probably a good idea on many bikes, as extra insurance.
As far as the different types, no advice there. I used a HyperPro model, that mounted underneath:
Last edited by CHIA; 03-13-2012 at 10:30 AM.
This video is pretty technical, but if you listen carefully, it may help with the decision:
Hmm, thanks for the comments, video is helpful as well.