what's the difference in a side mounted damper vs a top mounted one?
also how much does it affect turning (just having one on that is)
i'm doing research i guess you could call it for when i get a track bike
The top-mounted steering damper was part of the 916's (that's a Ducati) wholistic approach to an aerodynamic platform. This idea also spawned the underseat pipes that you see on the bike as well. All the work of Massimino Tamburini and his team of engineers.
Outside of that, I don't know what other advantages or for that matter, disadvantages, this set up gives you.
In theory, a side-mounted damper is a bit more effective than a top-mounted damper because it arrests movement in the direction of steering. For the same reason, you can more effectively steer your bike sitting with horizontal forearms than standing with vertical forearms. In practice, the top-mounted damper also works quite well.
In theory, top-mounted rotary dampers are even less effective at center as they change direction. But they also work quite well on top race bikes, like those of Graves Motorsport.
A proper damper will allow you to adjust it to barely affect turning effort.
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