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Anyone NOT Running a Steering Damper on Their GT1000?

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Are any riders running their GTs without a steering damper and if so, are you still in one piece?
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I am running a damper, but would like to remove it, as it spoils the steering. At the risk of dredging up a long forgotten thread, I still don't understand why these bikes are prone to tank slappers, because I have a Multi 620 that is practically the same as a Sport Classic, in terms of the frame and running gear, and that has no trace of head shake. The only difference that I can see with the SC is the swinging arm construction.
 

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Besides myself, I know only a few other GT riders in my area, and none of us are running steering dampers. Of course, I believe we've all upgraded the suspension and/or wheels, which kind of alleviates the need for one. ;)
 

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I've driven an upgraded S1k w/ adjustable showa front / Ohlin rear no damper and feels the same as a stock front end with a bitubo damper. Although Damper itself is a lot cheaper than full suspension mod, the better suspension is much more supple. Have to admit the bitubo on the stock front felt worlds better (more stable in turns) than without.
 

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GPR offers a rotary style for GT, check their website

I'm actually at Wendy's eating lunch waiting for the engineer at GPR to get back from his lunch. Having them check on making brackets to fit the SC1K. I told them I think there is a market for them, albeit smaller than other Ducs out there, but id think more than a GT. more to come soon.


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GPR offers a rotary style for GT, check their website

I'm actually at Wendy's eating lunch waiting for the engineer at GPR to get back from his lunch. Having them check on making brackets to fit the SC1K. I told them I think there is a market for them, albeit smaller than other Ducs out there, but id think more than a GT. more to come soon.

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Nice work - thanks! I'm looking forward to hearing the result.
 

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Figured I'd chime in, too. 27,000 miles on my GT w/o a steering damper and no handling issues (well, there was a tankslapper from an unexpected sky-high wheelie and landing the front turned, but not really the bike's fault). Of course, I also changed the wheels to 5-spoke Marchesinis a long time ago, and was very pleased with the improvement in handling. IMO, it's the best upgrade for these bikes, even more so than exhaust or suspension mods.


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There was a LOT of discussion early on about the need for steering dampers and the possible causes of tankslappers. Nothing was (nor could it be) definitively answered, but there have been horrendous tank slappers occur to members of the forum. The threads do offer many plausible explanations and make for informative reading.

I bought my GT new in July '06, and it's never shaken it's head. I've run with 3 different front suspensions, 3 different rear suspensions, 2 different kinds of tires, and 2 different kinds of wheels, and 3 different handlebars. All those changes made differences in their own way, but I've never really felt the NEED for a damper. The WASP one still looks cool though...

And do you have a link for the GPR rotary style? (Just curious...;))
 

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I posted up about my GPR experience today in the thread:
http://www.ducati.ms/forums/77-sport-classic/151020-gpr-steering-damper-installed-sc1000.html

Their website is : GPR Stabilizer - Steering damper available for sportbikes, dirtbikes & ATVs
they will have pics on their for the GT1000, but the pics for the Sport1000 were just taken today on my bike, so they probably won't have that product listed yet, but you can always contact them directly.

Here's a direct link to the GT version
http://www.gprstabilizer.com/app_44_ducati_sport_classics
 
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