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Old 07-24-2018, 02:14 PM
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So, I've wanted a damper on my SH for a while, and it is a track requirement in certain places so...
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:19 PM
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The damper itself is off my Buell, it was an aftermarket item that came with the bike so I do not know who makes it. The fork clamp I had made locally, it's a 41.5mm ID if anyone is wondering, and is a copy of the for clamp for the Buell. The rear mount is easy peasy, you just need a longer bolt for the rear radiator bracket. The only issue is that the front brake hose is kind of in the way, but manageable, and I need to make a sleeve for the (M6?) radiator bolt to fit in the (8mm?) hole on the linkage end. It turns lock to lock with no binding or rubbing.

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Old 07-28-2018, 04:28 PM
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Ok, so first ride was today with the damper and I have to say that at speed it is incredibly stable. The nose feels very planted and steering input is basically unchanged. Low speed takes a little getting used to and feels almost like having a binding steering head bearing. A slightly softer setting would likely be perfect if it were possible on my model damper. Fwiw, if you install a damper you should probably get an adjustable one.

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Old 07-28-2018, 11:02 PM
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Isn't the dampening adjustable by turning the gold **** on the end of the shaft? Mine is.
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Old 07-29-2018, 02:38 AM
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Unfortunately no, it's not adjustable. Oh well.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ACE VenTRa View Post
. Low speed takes a little getting used to and feels almost like having a binding steering head bearing.
Yup, exactly why I prefer a Olin's or Scott's style damper when i use them
Have a few on different bikes, but never felt the need to install on on the VTR. Suppose I should just to see if I like the difference.
Would need to buy or machine a mount.....have a spare Scotts ....hmmmm, Oh great another item added to the list...
Thanks, Thanks a lot....LOL
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:14 AM
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Erik, if you need any measurements, lmk. Mine was a welcome addition. I never got stupid with geometry, usually only 5-6mm on the fork tubes (settled on 3mm), but my Hawk had a high speed instability, especially cresting hills where the front would lift a little. Damper fixed it perfectly. And the ease of adjustment is a huge plus. In town and @ slow speed I just reduce it to minimum.
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Second ride today was much longer and I was able to focus on how things have changed. I will say that it never crossed my mind to put a damper on the hawk until I found my old one in the tool box. Now that it is on, despite the low speed strangeness, I really appreciate how it feels glued to whatever line I pick regardless of how stupid. The straight line stability is also very much appreciated as well as the reduced twitchiness over crappy New England roads. All in all, 9 out of 10, a Scotts would probably be a 10/10.

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