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What does the steering damper do?

I guess I know the answer to that, it dampens vibrations and eliminates wobble.

I ask because my bike feels like it wants to stand up when cornering. It seems to take extra counter-steer to keep it in the corner. It may just be a characteristic of sport bikes in general and I'm not used to it as I have been riding Goldwings and now an LT more than the RS.

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I guess I know the answer to that, it dampens vibrations and eliminates wobble.

I ask because my bike feels like it wants to stand up when cornering. It seems to take extra counter-steer to keep it in the corner.
That absolutely is the nature of the RS. It likes to be counter-steered.

The steering damper has no effect on that aspect of the bike at all.

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All bikes are counter-steered. Are you saying the RS has "heavier" steering?

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All bikes are counter-steered. Are you saying the RS has "heavier" steering?
I'm saying that, depending on the profile of your front tire, and the long wheel base,
and the phase of the moon amongst other things...........

the K12RS responds to more countersteering in a manner more readily than some other bikes.

Try not to overthink the process is probably the best advice I can give you.

If you know that the bike likes to be countersteered more than say a Ducati 998, then you
give the bike what makes it happy.

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If you know that the bike likes to be countersteered more than say a Ducati 998, then you
give the bike what makes it happy.
Amen to that.

And compared to an '88 R100RS, the k1200RS steers itself. Be happy.

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Wink My take on it

The steering dampners job is to make the bike difficult to steer when pusing around in the garage. The stiff low speed steering and sensitive front brake are designed to make people get over their fear of falling over at low speeds.

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The steering dampners job is to make the bike difficult to steer when pusing around in the garage. The stiff low speed steering and sensitive front brake are designed to make people get over their fear of falling over at low speeds.
The steering dampner is like a shock-absorber for the steering.
It has a hydraulic valve inside that allows it to have little to no resistance when moved slowly. But when the front steering starts to shake back and forth quickly the dampner works just like a hydraulic shock-absorber and reduces the shake or eliminates it.
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Check your tire pressure. If the front is low, handling is severely affected.

My bike was delivered with less than 20 psi front and rear. Very unstable in this condition and required extreme counter steer especially at low speeds. Certainly unsafe.

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Check your tire pressure. If the front is low, handling is severely affected.

My bike was delivered with less than 20 psi front and rear. Very unstable in this condition and required extreme counter steer especially at low speeds. Certainly unsafe.
Good point, it's gotten colder since last time I checked. I hope that's all it is!

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Steering Damper

K1200RSes want to stand up in corners as soon as the rear tire wears a bit flat on it's center. Try a different brand of tire and avoid the 180 rear.
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