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Old 06-01-2012, 06:25 AM   #1
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Steering Damper on 1200gsa?

Who has used one? Is it worth the 500 bones? What brand? Where is the best deal?

I'm getting ready for my next big trip over the continental divide and am tired of my front tire hitting rocks in creek crossings and instead of going over the rock, shooting the wheel to one side and throwing me to the other.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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I'll leave the "is it worth it" and "does the GSA need one" piece for others. I had a Scotts damper from a previous bike, so the incremental cost to put it on the GSA was only the cost of the mount for me. GorillaZilla makes a very nice mount for the GS/GSA that bolted right up. I haven't done any real dirt on the bike yet, so I can't comment on how the Scotts works on the GSA for that, but all the good goaty backroads around here are full of massive potholes, and the damper really helps smooth out bar deflections when running over those. Now I aim for them.





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Old 06-01-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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Try these links for a few damper threads, they are choice in sand, gravel, ruts and control on ruts and twisty roads, but imo not really sold on them for improvement in rocky creek crossings yet on a GS. My lacking abilities I geuss and still learning allot.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=659658
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763169
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763117
But this helps everywhere including creek crossings a fair bit except bitumen.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495376
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=288592

and is a big improvement for what you descibe!
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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I have a HyperPro on my '11 GSA and it fixed the wobbly, loose, wannabe tank slapper like feeling front end at hiway speeds. Worth every cent to me as it was the missing link to make it really stable and planted. Very stable getting ready to pass that semi in the air turbulence and winds etc.

I have had it on some very rocky two track jeep road and did just fine and was amazed how easy riding over grapefruit sized racks was.

That Scott's set up is very nice and probably works better by design. I have Rox risers which may not allow that type. Mine installed in minutes and is easily adjustable but you have to stop and dismount to turn the knob. It was $503 shipped from EPM Performance. It was the best money spent on the bike.
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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I'll leave the "is it worth it" and "does the GSA need one" piece for others. I had a Scotts damper from a previous bike, so the incremental cost to put it on the GSA was only the cost of the mount for me.
I checked the Rand exchange rate and came up with $175 for the kit. What did you end up paying for the mount when shipping was included? And, how long did it take to receive? Lastly, in looking at your own bike, would you feel that raising the bars 1/8" is doable?

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #6
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I checked the Rand exchange rate and came up with $175 for the kit. What did you end up paying for the mount when shipping was included? And, how long did it take to receive? Lastly, in looking at your own bike, would you feel that raising the bars 1/8" is doable?

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I paid $208 shipped to me in California. The easiest way to order is to e-mail Dave Schmulow at:

dave@gorillazillaproducts.com

He e-mailed me a Paypal invoice. They shipped the day after I paid, and I had the kit 4 days later.

If you were to put the risers under the bars, I think raising the bars 1/8" shouldn't be any problem at all with this setup.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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Ok. I'm sold on the benefit. Now I have to figure out if it is worth 500 bones to me.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:10 AM   #8
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I have the rallemoto on my '06. Fantastic difference and as they say if it saves one drop it is worth. On my run up the Dempster and Dalton plus lots of loose gravel, sand and rocks in between, love it.

http://www.rallemoto.com/contents/en-us/d23.html

I did the install myself, but it wasn't a walk in the park by any means. Mine is also an older model than what they now sell.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #9
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One thing to keep in mid with the GorillaZilla kit is that it totally eliminates any chance of using bar risers.
And since the risers are most useful on dirt (standing up) and so is the damper, it creates bit of a dilemma.

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Old 06-03-2012, 11:03 AM   #10
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There is only one creek crossing on the divide and there aren't any big rocks...don't waste your money.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:22 AM   #11
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One thing to keep in mid with the GorillaZilla kit is that it totally eliminates any chance of using bar risers.
Why?
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #12
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Why?

Looks like the arm would be too far away from the tower with risers?
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #13
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Looks like the arm would be too far away from the tower with risers?
The tower pin has a lot of adjustability to it. I set it nearly as low as it will go in the photos above. it could easily come up an inch to accommodate risers.

The other option is to use something like Rox risers, where the damper would stay in its original position. The only catch is that the risers would need to be tall enough so that the bars clear the damper. Lots of folks use this combo on V-Stroms with the Rox 3.5" risers, as shown in this thread:

http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,14439.0.html

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Old 06-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #14
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:14 PM   #15
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Those are ape hangers
Yeah well... I didn't say it was perfect, but bar risers are do-able.
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