Top Tips: Steering Help

Insight and tips for your bike

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Q1: How Does It Work?

It's not a common motosport term, but steering stabilisers are important and do make a difference. A steering stabiliser works in a way that's similar to your bike's front forks. Much like your front forks were designed to handle vertical impacts, a steering stabiliser is designed to reduce lateral movement. Hydraulic fluid passes between controlled chambers to dampen the forces of impact.

Q2: Where Can I Get One

Almost every retailer carries a brand of steering stabiliser. The things you want to watch out for are cheap imitations and imports, because you are attaching a device designed to restrict lateral movement of your steering. You don't want to have a part that isn't designed and built properly. You want to make sure you are shopping at or with a reliable company who can give you the best advice and products. You want to look for a stabiliser that offers multiple circuits for controlling both low and high speed damping forces. With only a single damping control the device is either too hard to use at low speeds, to compensate for higher speeds or conversely too soft at high speeds.

Q3: What About A Steering Damper

A steering stabiliser, also called a steering damper, works similar to the shocks or forks on your dirt bike by reducing the bike's actual velocity experienced by the handlebars. For example, as you enjoy a high-speed cruise along a smooth straightaway then suddenly encounter a bumpy path you'll either really feel the heavy jerking or sail over it with minimal effort. Overtime the constant jarring tires you out resulting in excess fatigue, arm pump or simply losing grip and thus control of your bike.

The steering damper fits underneath the top triple clamp and attaches to the frame. You'll of course need to remove your handlebars. Once installed, you'll figure out your personal preferred setting using the dial. Turn the dial one way, you have unrestrained handlebar motion. Turn it the other way you'll get very little play when steering. This tightly quartered radius prevents the handlebars from slapping to the side in the event you hit a large obstacle and breaking you free of your grip.

Installing a steering stabiliser is pretty straight forward but depending on your current set-up you'll need a mounting kit and perhaps a whole new set of handlebars.

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