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 )
Being a GSX-R rider for the past 20 years, I have always had a steering damper because of the way the front end acted up. The RC seems more planted. Also the rider's weight is more forward on the RC, which translates to more weight on the forks. Most here seem to be more into upgrading, while the bike I bought already had a lot done to it, and I am just trying to see what is really needed and what isn't. In the end, a "show bike" tends to bring a man to his knees in a different way than one that is less "pretty". They all bite gravel (or something) at some point. A good damper may just save you from biting that pavement....righto nobody.
Recently watched a video by Dan 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.
I have my Scotts set a little on the tight side, and I've felt the beginnings of a tank slapper only twice on my RC. I have to assume my negligible little wobble may have been more significant without it.
That guy in the video probably shat himself.
I would have.
IMO every modern era supersport should have a steering damper. I got a tank slapper bad enough on an RC51 to damage the steering stops.
While the RC51 front end geometry is more stable and less aggressive than other bikes, there are other factors that can come into play. I've seen head shake or tank slappers from hitting a series of road bumps, ending a wheelie, and sliding out the rear or front. A steering damper can save you on any bike, including the RC51.
While chasing down some issues lately, I discovered the linkage had come unhooked on the front starter valve. I managed to fix it without removing the throttlebody assembly, but I'm having a confusing time trying to sync it with the factory preset rear starter valve.
Maybe I'm doing something...
I'm getting an irritating misfire when I'm working the bike hard in the canyons and mountain roads.
Bike temp is averaging 180F, and it starts happening at about 3000 feet elevation.
I live at sea level, but I've been riding my bike in these same areas for years, this problem is new. Same PC3r...
I have a 2000 SP1 and the previous owner had removed the rear passenger pegs and brackets. I have found pegs for sale quite easily but finding brackets seems near impossible! Any advice? Are there generic brands or another year CBR or something that would fit?
Hope everyone is safe out there.
A quick query. Does anyone know where I can buy a replacement yellow Honda sticker that sits on the back of the cowl on the SP1? Mines always had a chip out of it and it’s annoying me now!!
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