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Handling Problem - Steering Damper

HI all,

I've always found my 2001 F4750 reluctant (minor understatement) to turn into corners. It always wanted to stand up. A couple of friends had ridden it and declared it unridable, such was the resistance to smooth cornering.

I've since removed the steering damper and all is well and I have enjoyed a track day at Oulton Park!

Has anyone else experienced such a change in handling? Is this just the way the bike is (I doubt) or should I send my steering damper off for a strip down and service?


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If it works better without it leave it off. If you start experiencing headshake under hard acceleration then you will need to put a new one back on
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I also run the same year / model as you.

I have mucked aroung with the suspension set up to get an improvement but it still needs a bit more work.

my preload on the rear was too heavy , also rebound and compression. backed them all of a bit and got a good result.

now to sort out my tyre issues

I have also posted a thread today so keep an eye out on this also and see what comes out as I think you may find some information that you will be able to use come out of that.
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Those are unusual symptoms of a steering damper problem. I think your problem lies elsewhere.
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A steering damper would only affect turn-in (turn-in, in my book, is the transition from straight to turn) if it were completely frozen, wouldn't it?

A well-functioning steering damper affects the movement of the front wheel in its extremities; a non-functioning steering damper has no effect whatsoever.

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HI all,

I've always found my 2001 F4750 reluctant (minor understatement) to turn into corners. It always wanted to stand up. A couple of friends had ridden it and declared it unridable, such was the resistance to smooth cornering.

I've since removed the steering damper and all is well and I have enjoyed a track day at Oulton Park!

Has anyone else experienced such a change in handling? Is this just the way the bike is (I doubt) or should I send my steering damper off for a strip down and service?


Cheers


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If the steering damper is too " stiff" then when applying counter pressure the bike would not tip into the turn as well because the lateral force on the gyro ( wheel ) is being resisted by the steering damper and therefore the force is not there to precess the 90 degrees and tip the bike ie bank it.
If once established in the turn the bike was trying to stand up then as stated the problem lies elsewhere..?

I'd personally be looking closely at head bearings and swing arm pivot then rear shock and front and would give the bike a close inspection to all fasteners.

I'm sure the guys who race these bikes will give you some good advice
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changing tires really helped my bikes handling. i got rid of the Pirellis and put on some Michelins
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Correct me if I'm wrong gents, but a properly adjusted steering damper can not be felt when slowly moving the handle bars right to left. It's purpose is to damp sever vibrations and thereby mitigate head shake and the dreaded tank slapper.
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Correct me if I'm wrong gents, but a properly adjusted steering damper can not be felt when slowly moving the handle bars right to left. It's purpose is to damp sever vibrations and thereby mitigate head shake and the dreaded tank slapper.
I believe you are correct sir. Maybe it's frozen
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