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I just bought a 2006 6R and I have been reading that a lot of people recommed to put a steering dampener on the '06 6R model. i don't have my bike yet so I obviously haven't driven it. Just wondering why people think the bike needs it and if it would make a large performance difference?
 

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The reason for a damper is simple. Whenever the front end of the motorcycle comes off of the ground and comes back down pointing in a different direction than the direction of travel it causes something called headshake which can also result in a tank slapper (steering slamming from lock to lock) which can result in a wrecked bike and/or trip to the ER. If you plan on the front wheel never coming off the ground and riding around on glass smooth roads all day then don't waste your money. :)
 

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Originally posted by natronazx6r
if you don't ride it like a squid, you won't need a damper
That's not necessarily true. I have been on roads riding pretty conservatively and suddenly hit a small pothole and if it weren't for the damper, I may have gone down. Dampers are not only for squids! Pro racers use them, are they squids?
 

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If you've never experienced any type of head shake, then your riding like an old lady. You should problaby just trade in your Ninja for a Harley.[:p]

For those of us that do ride hard, (us squids), a damper makes a world of difference. I'll never go back.
 

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i too must be a squid because i love my damper. i have been riding along and hit a pothole and had the front end go apeshit. the damper was the best piece of insurance i have ever bought
 

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How do you like the hyperpro? Does the build quality seem good? I've read many great things about it, but a few people got me concerned about it, saying it leaks after about a year and is expensive to rebuild.
 

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I sent my three year old GPR (off my dirtbike) to be rebuilt and it was FREE. I think that's once per year for life. Beat that.[8D]
 
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