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Does the RC51 really need a steering Damper?

Does the RC51 really need a Steering Damper? The front end on these bikes seems very solid, so do they really need a Steering Damper? What are your thoughts.

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Im pretty confident about my RC being stable enough when ridden hard without a steering damper. And mines is jacked right up at the back with the Kyle link, sp2 arm and the 55 profile.

until i saw this anyway..............................

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Im pretty confident about my RC being stable enough when ridden hard without a steering damper. And mines is jacked right up at the back with the Kyle link, sp2 arm and the 55 profile.

until i saw this anyway..............................http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgGLZ...UodbFC&index=3
Wow, any idea what bike that is Polarbear?
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it can only be one of very few bikes with that exhaust setup. it does look like an RC51, but it could be a TL1000R, they have a similar exhaust setup and are real prone to tank slappin'

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Does the RC51 really need a Steering Damper? The front end on these bikes seems very solid, so do they really need a Steering Damper? What are your thoughts.
Only you can answer this RC46, you have one fitted? take it off, ride the granny out of your bike and report back
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Could be an SV in the video. Brakes aren't screaming RC51.


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it can only be one of very few bikes with that exhaust setup. it does look like an RC51, but it could be a TL1000R, they have a similar exhaust setup and are real prone to tank slappin'
Brembo radial calipers on it.........
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Could be an SV in the video. Brakes aren't screaming RC51.
Could be yeah, it would be the SV1000 suzuki cos of the 2 exhausts

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Dansp1 nailed it, really up to you. I've ridden my SP1 at the track without a damper (no issues), and ridden my SP2 at the track (with damper, fully down) and still didn't feel like I needed it.

Recently watched a video by Dave Moss and he mentioned that a damper normally hides an underlying issue with the bikes suspension setup. Once sag is properly set, then focus on rebound and compression settings. If all those things are correctly set, tank slappers should be minimal, then the damper would come into play for additional safety.

Just my personal experience and what I've seen on the internet (since all on the web is true )

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