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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 2010, 11:16 am Thread Starter
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k1200r steering damper.

Does anyone think the std steering damper is to heavy? When riding in town mine
feels like too tight head bearings on a bike with normal forks. Has anybody changed
theirs or removed it alltogether?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 2010, 11:49 am
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Yup, particularly on the pre '07 models. They redesigned the damper after that I believe to be less heavy.

I basically run without a damper and it makes it much easier to manuver at parking lot speeds but also quicker to countersteer into turns as well.

Only have had a headshake a couple times and it wasn't a major issue.

I don't think anyone makes an aftermarket one. I made a custom bracket to fit an Ohlins steering damper but found it rubbed a little with the new shock and needed a redesign. I never got around to it as the bike feels much better without one.

There's a thread about it somewhere here.

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K12r steering damper.

I have now removed the steering damper and bike is much better in town / slow speed.
Steering is much more responsive at higher speeds, no sign of tank slappers YET!!
Why did BMW deem it necesssary to fit such a heavy damper in the first place?
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I removed the one on my K1200S, too.... Bike feels much better unless the front wheel is off the ground which isn't often...
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Is it pretty simple to remove? Generally speaking, dampers are really more for the highspeed scenario and unless I am on the track, that isn't going to happen for me. Lots of 20-50 mph twisties around here, though.

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I had my dealer remove mine when I had it in getting new ball joints. It must not be too big a deal as they didn't charge me for the labor...

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Is it pretty simple to remove? Generally speaking, dampers are really more for the highspeed scenario and unless I am on the track, that isn't going to happen for me. Lots of 20-50 mph twisties around here, though.

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Damper removal.

Just 2 bolts. One is accessed under the plastic bung between h/bars & tank. The other
is through L/H end of damper and you will need to remove some of the plastic to get at it.
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