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Thread: Installing - Steering damper

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    Installing - Steering damper

    I decided to go ahead and install a steering damper on my ’08 GSA. Gorilla Zilla has a few nice kits that fit the German bikes and the Öhlins SD 415 Steering Dampers (also sold as Scotts).
    http://www.gorillazillaproducts.com/...&subcat_id=all
    Had contact with Dave from Gorilla Zilla and ordered via e-mail, wired the money and had the kit delivered from South Africa within the week. Had some other work to do on the bike so with the tank removed it was a breeze to install the kit. (see pics). Caution must be observed when routing the throttle cable to avoid binding, wear and possible chaffing. Had to make a minor adjustment to the angle of the bracket to get a perfect fit, but all in all it appears to be a well made kit and a snug fit just in front of the tank.

    Ride report will have to wait - the steering damper may improve the snow handling capabilities, but I pass for now
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    Interesting, but may I ask why?

    I've not come across a time on the road where I've felt I'd need a steering damper, even with a great oaf like me at the helm behaving like a hooligan.

    Perhaps of benefit off road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DolphiN Tech View Post


    Perhaps of benefit off road?
    Bling
    A GS has many limitations offroad before a steering damper would make any difference
    KEA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    Bling
    A GS has many limitations offroad before a steering damper would make any difference
    Thought that might be the case

    In the event that I ever want to go off road I'll take a pogo, ta. This is unlikely however as I'm useless at it

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    I have to agree. Even our Aussie goat-tracks the front end feels stable as....

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    GS is a stable as f***, maybe the money would have been better spent on some training

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedflanders View Post
    GS is a stable as f***, maybe the money would have been better spent on some training
    KEA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    After all... A trademan never blames his tools...

    Unless they're pish

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    In Cape Town, with only a few days in a year with wind less than gale force, man that damper is sweet. It makes those horrid cross winds just that bit less intimidating. Helps for the wind burst from on-comming and when passing trucks and busses also. Appart from that the GS is pretty stable and head shakes and wobbles are rare as far as I can assertain. I took the plunge on the damper and in my opionion it is worth it. More off-road ability rather go big and splurge on 21" front wheel.

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    Nice bit o' bling, but of no use in reality. Have owned bikes with proper power and fast steering that would shake their heads like a bastard over nowt more than a cats eye. The GS is neither powerful, or quick steering!

    Never had even the smallest whiff of a tank slapper in all my miles on the GS.

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    Pish, the wind at the Cape is no worse than on the coast here.

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    That reminds me, I must make some space on the handlebars to fit that ashtray.

    Damn, If only I hadn't fitted those muffs........

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    Bling

    Do I need it for where I hit a bump just wrong while powering out of a curve, for crosswinds, snow, deep loose sand, or long deep mud to improve the comfort level a bit and make it less tiring on long hauls? No.
    Will I feel the positive effects of a steering stabilizer? Time will show.
    Should I spent time and money at rider training – yes. BMW Motorrad Enduro Training at Hechlingen last fall was great. Recommended. Offroad trips like China, Patagonia, Baja and Copper Canyon. Sure.
    But of course you are right. Mucho bling!!

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    Hey, it's does look cool on the Bike. I didn't think anybody made a mount for a GS.

    I ordered a steering damper for 610 Husky. It will be nice on the really rocky stuff.
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    What are the two erect nipple objects sticking out next to the winglets ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by EasySushi View Post
    What are the two erect nipple objects sticking out next to the winglets ?



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