Question about steering dampers

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  1. smell my finger

    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    ok, so ive never ridden a bike with a damper before today ... i rode an 03 gsx-r750 ... the wierd thing was that when I tried a low speed right turn the bike/front wheel was very reluctant to turn right ... though it was fine going left...the wheel felt like it wanted to go back to center

    is this common on a bike with a damper, or was this bike messed up?

    it was a bike I was thinking of buying :dunno:
     
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    Dampers do make the steering heavier.

    Heavy steering one way and not the other can also be indicative of the rear wheel not being aligned straight.
     
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    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    even at low speeds ? like less than 5mph?
     
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    Did the bike have the OEM damper still on it? Or did it have an aftermarket. I used to think that steering dampers should be set rather heavy, especially for track riding. But I learned from some of the top riders that even on the track they have them set very loosely. In order to work effectively, its the high speed damping (sudden jolting) that makes a damper useful. The low speed damping (slow turns) should be able to be adjusted and made so you barely even notice the damper.

    In short, I'd say there's a problem with the damper on that bike, but it may be able to be adjusted out.

    I highly recommend an aftermarket damper by Arrow, Scott's, or Ohlins. There's other good ones, but those are what I've used.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    If its that slow then I would honestly say your probably imagining it. That or his tires are worn unevenly, but then it would do it all speeds.

    But a quality damper isn't going to make the bike feel odd.

    I have an Ohlins with a Harris Performance bracket on my R6 and it feels awesome. I also have my forks raised in the triples to get more weight on the front and the damper helped calm it down just a touch.
     
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    stock damper ... I wasn't able to ride the bike long enough to get a good feel for it, but something didn't seem right :dunno:

    thanks for the input
     
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    Now that I think about it. Its probably just because it was a Suckzuki, the lowest form of all bikes.

    What do you ride?
     
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    If it was stock damper it was probably something else then, the stocker I had wasn't stiff at all, I ditched it for an Ohlins though
     
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    I have ridden few bikes with stock and aftermarket dampers. never had that kinda problem, thou when the damper was cranked all the it was hard to turn either way, left or right.
     
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    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    I had an 06 Kawi zz6 600 before it got stolen :sadwavey:
     
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    :hug: that sucks didn't take them long to snag it, I had bought a new cbr in fall of 98 sunk a shitload of money in it over the winter and it got stolen in march :wtc:
     
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    Buy a Yamaha this time.
     
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    i love my gpr it does the job well
     
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    rx7racer11 Own The Racetrack

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    I ride an o3 gixxer 750 and have never experienced anything like that with mine, you don't need an aftermarket dampener something else is wrong with the bike
     

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