Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Could be tires? Have you changed your front tire lately as some tires will give a quicker turn in than others. The steering damper should not hinder slight or slow turning in any way as you risk going tires up on a slow tight maneuver like a u turn in a car park. That is why, if you wrench your steering from one side to the other from centre (while on the centre stand) you will notice an amount of free play before the damper takes up. With a quality unit the increase in resistance is progressively greater as you force the bars around, while with the oem unit the resistance is constant, once it takes up the dead space. If this did not occur, subtle changes in direction would be difficult while on the move. If the oil is too heavy in the damper, It will slow down the steering so much it becomes dangerous. I have rebuilt the oem damper with new seals as it was leaking, and it is a very simple wobble stopper. Nothing fancy at all, and no match for a quality progressive damper. That said, this is not a true sports bike with fickle front end stability - quite the opposite, so the oem unit suffices as its main purpose is to minimize damage during a major event such as a flat front tire induced tank slapper.
2002 K1200RS Owned from new. Pacific Blue, Ohlins. 183,000kmís
2016 K1300R Black, Remus hexacone. 6000kmís
The family history
1951 AJS 500 single - my Dads
1916 Triumph Type H, Western front, France WW1 - my Grandads