Author Topic: Why the steering damper on a California?  (Read 2152 times)

Offline chuck peterson

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Re: Why the steering damper on a California?
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2018, 05:26:32 AM »
My impression of steering dampers is they work in the upper ten percent of a bikes capabilities, to prevent increasing frequency and duration of front wheel oscillations

They only work when you've gone full throttle in a turn, a dog attacks your front crashbar from his front porch setting off a tank slapper....the bars snap back and forth so fast it tears the bars out of your hands

With...the tank slapper slows and stops it's oscillating with a chance to recover

Without...spit you off into the bushes in a different direction

There was a lot of that tank slapper crap (even without a dog attack) 60-70s when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Yes they effect straight line, slow parking lot and the highway straight but my impression that is secondary. They don't do nothing until your about to be killed from a violent wrist breaking tank slapper

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Re: Why the steering damper on a California?
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2018, 05:38:10 AM »
YouTube video on where I think steering dampers work to save your a$$...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TpeNWxHF6uI

Tank slappers from wheelies don't count, that's a self induced tank slapper...watch the last guy in the video, #34 from a TT...

It's a compromise...too tight a damper makes it unrideable at slow speeds, too loose wouldn't stop a tank slapper...everywher e in between you don't notice it
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