Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
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.
'06 K1200R- in pieces
'73 Honda CB500F- slow but fun.
'77 Yamaha XS 750 triple- kinda