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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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an unscientific survey of dampners

For the first time I'm considering adding a STABILIZER / DAMPNER to a bike, and yes it's my Brutale 910. I've read an on forum comment, that sorting out the bike's suspension is priority #1, as a dampner only masks handling issues, and sure, I'll buy that!

My immediate concern is that the local road surfaces are dicey, the usual chuck holes, uneven surfaces, poor paving, and so on. Take it for granted that the towns / county have no funds to fix anything.

I had my bike sorted out recently, though the suspension could get only limited attention due to time constraints. Told at the time that my shock spring is too heavy for me, and should go lighter, and maybe have the inside shims mods done too. No time / money to dig deeper into it.

I called into FBF earlier today, in an effort to learn the rear shock spring rate for my weight. Immediately I'm reminded that the Brutale is a two place motorcycle, so it's easily sprung for more than I weigh. I ONLY ride solo, and @ 200 pounds, yup the spring could well be too stiff for me. MR F says I can manage by adjusting the pre load front and back, and offers dialing in advice to me.

So for right now, the suspension refinements are a work in progress, and with or without a suspension that's 100%, I'd like to ask WHICH dampner, SCOTTS or GPR4, is the top choice of most of you. I find that I ride the MV with more vigor, than any previous bike of mine, doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing

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+1 with Matris i have a MR4 on my Brutale 910R and its great min settings on the rd and then a coiuple of tweaks for the track, look at Carpimoto thats where i got mine from, and they look as sexy as hell and you can still see most of your bar clamp.

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+1 with Matris i have a MR4 on my Brutale 910R and its great min settings on the rd and then a coiuple of tweaks for the track, look at Carpimoto thats where i got mine from, and they look as sexy as hell and you can still see most of your bar clamp.

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Donsy, thanks very much you should see it in the flesh, i have just added some more bits and sson as we get some weather at the weekend i'll take some pictures, i must put some upto date ones in my gallery!!


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I've used both Scotts and GPR before and will say for ease of use GPR really is simpler - one setting and they work very well. That being said I have had Scotts (because it was the best deal I found) on my last two bikes and I like them equally as well - they have two separate settings. The Matris are fine, they look really nice but price is higher and I have heard (right wrong or indifferent) that piston style dampers are subject to breakage in a fall and that rotary style will not break - not sure if thats even true but I prefer rotary dampers.
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I've used both Scotts and GPR before and will say for ease of use GPR really is simpler - one setting and they work very well. That being said I have had Scotts (because it was the best deal I found) on my last two bikes and I like them equally as well - they have two separate settings. The Matris are fine, they look really nice but price is higher and I have heard (right wrong or indifferent) that piston style dampers are subject to breakage in a fall and that rotary style will not break - not sure if thats even true but I prefer rotary dampers.
Thanks SLAMP. Yes, the Matris are awfully pricey, and thing is, I'm not taking my 910 to the track. Scotts and GPR are essentially the same cost, and as I haven't heard a response from EZEPILOT as far as his mounting hardware, I'll need to buy the stabilizer and brackets.

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you can buy the mount directly from scotts now

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Noneyet.....

since you are relatively new, and you own a Brutie I will take it easy on you. Most brutie owners are a few bricks shy of a full load so I guess you cant help it.

its "damper" not "dampner"

Damper is the part or device that attenuates movement, etc..

Damp-n-er is result of foreplay with your special lady.

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LOL!! Here we go again..the age old "Damper vs Dampener" debate. Google those two words together and have some fun reading the results.

That being said..

The GPR V4 is a good damper(dampener?) and so is the Scotts/Ohlins. We like the Matris too but unfortunately no one has made a mounting kit for the Brutale and they seem to be difficult to source in the US. One advantage the GPR has over the others is that they come in a bunch of different colors.







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