Steering damper

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Steering damper

Post by Gerrit » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:05 am

The lug on the frame for attachment of a steering damper seems to be in a useless position- too far to the rear. Certainly the good old H1/H2 steering damper can't be used. As part of the list of mods for my track bike project I will be moving the lug a few inches forward, also transferring it to the RH side of the frame. Out of interest, what steering dampers (if any) do other forum members use?
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Re: Steering damper

Post by SP_BOTT » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:34 am

The lug is used to fit a damper bracket. The bracket fits over the frame rail and the damper bolts to it in a higher position. It all looks a bit 'home made' so if you can do better, I'd do it, why put it on the throttle side though?

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Re: Steering damper

Post by JanBros » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:55 pm

SP_BOTT wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:34 am
The lug is used to fit a damper bracket. The bracket fits over the frame rail and the damper bolts to it in a higher position.
wasn't that only for the KR1 ?
anyway : on an S there is no problem fitting a steering damper :

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hasn't been on the bike for years and years. if your suspension is sorted out, you do not need one.
and indeed : putting it on the right side means you can not adjust it any longer while riding.
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Re: Steering damper

Post by Gerrit » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:05 pm

The steering damper is on the RH side on H1s and H2s so that's what I'm used to- and it is possible to adjust it while riding!
I've checked all the KR parts catalogues I have (including three Japanese) and have found no indication of a steering damper bracket. Was it an aftermarket part rather than an original Kawasaki item?
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Re: Steering damper

Post by Binetta Steve » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:46 pm

Im sure I read its not wise to use the lug for the steering damper. Since in a big front end bang the lug can be damaged thus writing off the frame. So a while ago you could buy a strap on ( no jokes please) bracket. Occasionaly come up on the bay.

Doesn't stop me as I have a WP steering damper fitted on the lug

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Re: Steering damper

Post by JanBros » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:50 pm

I have done many crashes with KR's, including one that destroyed a frame. never had a lug-problem.

which doesn't mean it couldn't happen.
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