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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-08-2019, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Heavy steering on DRAGSTER 2018

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So I just want some advice as only had the bike 2 wks and I'm finding the steering really heavy when riding slow. I cannot work out if it's just me and not being use to the wider bars? I haven't had my suspension set up done yet and I have the standard tyres 120/70 and 200/50 set at the 36/41 psi.

I have only ridden her twice as the weather has been raining most of the time and it's knocked my confidence a bit at slow speed and really worried it won't turn it quickly enough and I'll drop the bike at slow speeds. I've come from a Ducati Panigale 899.

Any advice greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-08-2019, 09:37 AM
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Maybe a steering damper turned up too high?
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Have to say I've not adjusted it as yet and didn't want to mess with it until I got some advice from the forum, thanks.
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post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-08-2019, 10:41 AM
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assess how much weight you're putting on the bars, you're probably fighting the bike by not keeping your core tight. I would start there before assuming something wrong with the bike unless the tire is flat or the steering is bound up in some way.

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It is most likely your damper like @[email protected] mentioned. It's easy to mess with so no worries. I run into this all the time with the difference between urban and country riding. I'm always like "what the hell" and laugh to myself.

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Having read a lot about them this afternoon it does sound like that, I never had to adjust mine on my Ducati. So I'm assuming Lesser is lighter steering and visa versa. So I'll give it a couple of lesser turns and see what happens.

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Having read a lot about them this afternoon it does sound like that, I never had to adjust mine on my Ducati. So I'm assuming Lesser is lighter steering and visa versa. So I'll give it a couple of lesser turns and see what happens.

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Turn all the way out then back the other way so you know the range you have and the feel. It's best to adjust while riding until you get a feel for it.

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So I've just counted the turns its set on at the mo...it takes 11 turns to fully stiffen it and it only has 4 turns left to fully lighten! Not sure what the hell that means....anyway, I shall take it for a ride when weather is better and have a play.
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Hi All,

So I just want some advice as only had the bike 2 wks and I'm finding the steering really heavy when riding slow. I cannot work out if it's just me and not being use to the wider bars? I haven't had my suspension set up done yet and I have the standard tyres 120/70 and 200/50 set at the 36/41 psi.

I have only ridden her twice as the weather has been raining most of the time and it's knocked my confidence a bit at slow speed and really worried it won't turn it quickly enough and I'll drop the bike at slow speeds. I've come from a Ducati Panigale 899.

Any advice greatly appreciated
Hey MF, the comments above are accurate and comprehensive. To summarize, 1. you wanna check if the steering damper is set to hard, 2. make sure you keep your arms relaxed when you are riding and do not exert vertical force to the handlebar, 3. check tire pressures, if they are low, the steering could be heavy, 4. last but not least, the surface you ride on can have an impact on the steering

BTW, we have similar experience. I had an 899 but crashed that on the track 2 months ago. Now I own a 2018 Dragster 800 RR.

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Thank you...just need to stop bloody raining
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