In what kind of riding conditions? I do a lot of high speed riding with corners & sweepers over bumpy/wavy roads. I feel much more "confident" with the added stability protection.xlr8r said:I've REMOVED a steering damper from an S. Works great!
I'd like the get the stock steering dampener replaced with an adjustable variant. I remember seeing one on the Ohlins site but it's not there now. Would anyone happen to have more information on the Ohlins dampener for the K12R? (part no. etc.). Thanks.evoluzione said:
3) Exiting bumpy corners under heavy acceleration. I can still get the bars to wag a bit, with the damper. I can only imagine without it.Catatafish said:Steering dampers come in handy in two different scenarios that I know of for sure.
1) Very high speeds and the bike gets a bit unstable (not an issue in my opinion with the S)
2) Having the front wheel come off the ground in a crested turn. Upon landing the front wheel, if it's not on the same longitudinal axis as the rear wheel, it may try and wiggle. Whether or not it does is determined by many factors, including how much pressure you have on your bars. I lack finesse and have the front wheel off the ground frequently, thus I've opted for the security of the damper (whether warranted or not, I like having that security).
Hm, not really. The damper was put on after the press introduction at the Nurburgring, while the bike was under a massive pre-production factory recall for camshaft replacement. Looks like most of the journalists invited found the front end too twitchy on the 'ring (very few bikes aren't... ) and that convinced Mama BMW to put a damper to cool down headshakes.xlr8r said:I still think the bike doesn't need it by design. The KS is not a quick steering sport bike and the damper was put on to give a measure of reduced performance at high speed as a compromise. In other words, the legal team won out over the engineers.