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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-01-2017, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Don't forget the steering damper is not used to mask issues. If you have to keep adding clicks to solve an issue you need to find the actually issue
Thanks. No issues at all, just "dialing in" my steering and making sure I have a good starting point. I recently aligned my forks, which surprisingly needed it. Right now the bike appears to be really well dialed in.
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What year bike you talking about? I dont see adjustment on my 2010 s1000rr. Need more damping at higher speed...
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The stock damper on the 2010 was awful. If you are riding at a fast pace (or at the track at all) get an aftermarket one. Ohlins, Hyperpro, whatever. Huge difference.

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A silly question, if I may.

What does the adjustment "closed/open" or "more or less dampened" actually do?

What does more dampening (5 clicks for track as opposed to 8 clicks for street) do exactly? Does it reduce "head shaking" under hard acceleration? Does it help while leaned over? What exactly does more or less clicks do? And why can one ride with more dampening on track as opposed to the street?
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A silly question, if I may.

What does the adjustment "closed/open" or "more or less dampened" actually do?

What does more dampening (5 clicks for track as opposed to 8 clicks for street) do exactly? Does it reduce "head shaking" under hard acceleration? Does it help while leaned over? What exactly does more or less clicks do? And why can one ride with more dampening on track as opposed to the street?
when you're on throttle out of a slow turn in low gear, the bike tends to wheelie and the front tends to be all over the place (shake). Steering damper (closed) helps to prevent this to some degree.
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A silly question, if I may.

What does the adjustment "closed/open" or "more or less dampened" actually do?

What does more dampening (5 clicks for track as opposed to 8 clicks for street) do exactly? Does it reduce "head shaking" under hard acceleration? Does it help while leaned over? What exactly does more or less clicks do? And why can one ride with more dampening on track as opposed to the street?
Closed (More dampened) restricts the flow of oil inside the damper unit. This results in harder steering and reduces head shaking under hard acceleration and high speeds. It doesn't help while leaned over because you are not suffering any of these issues.

Open (Less dampened) allows the oil to flow inside the damper unit. This results in quicker steering but can result in less stability at high speed due to head shake.

Clicks are how you adjust the damping setting. Higher number of clicks in (clockwise) is restricting the flow making the damping stiffer. Lower number of clicks out (anti-clockwise) is allowing more flow making the damping lower and steering quicker.

Most riders will increase the damping setting on the track due to the high speeds you mainly ride at compared to the street. The street you are at a lower speed most of the time so you do not want/need a high damping setting.
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Thanks for the replies guys. Cleared that right up.Thanks Benny for your very articulate and understandable explanation and not bombing me with one of your infamous memes 😁
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