I would recommend them for the more aggressive drivers. If your into high speed wheelies or your hard on the throttle all the time I would go for it. Also if you do any track days. I have a 954 which are supposed to be notorious for them and I've never had one, but I also drive like a schoolgirl.Kizzer said:What exactly are steering dampers? Are they only meant for advanced riders or what?
I agree. Most street riders won't even need a steering damper. Most cases of headshake or, the potential of having a tank slapper should be directed towards setting bikes suspension up correctly to fit the rider. Proper sag adjusted to the riders weight can make a huge difference on any bike and should be one of THE MOST important adjustments made on any new bike. Getting a steering damper without adjusting your suspension will only mask the problem of experiencing shake if you're not riding under hard conditions.Smitty said:I have had my Yamaha YZF600r since '97 & I ride it hard still no need for a steering head damper on it for it would be a waste of money.
My '00 Honda 929 told me I needed one & so on with a Scotts. I have a '03 Honda 954 still in a box to be coming to the local Honda shop & will be putting a damper on it as well.
Mind you the ONLY other changes to my bikes are Kevlar front brake lines as I like superior stopping power to be with one or two fingers. I leave the stock exhaust systems & the rest alone. Any of the above machines can take me up a steep hwy with a strong headwind well above the speed limit & not even 'on pipe' so reason for not jacking around with a slip-on or full exhaust system.