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Well, I don´t see many Monster/Hyper bikes with Steering Dampers, so is just the money factor or we simply can go without them.
Sometimes I feel the need to have a Steering Damper on my MS2R, specially with strong wind and bad roads. I´ve found someone selling one for half the price and I´m seriously considering to buy it.
Anyway let me know your opinion specially if you have one and feel the difference!
Also I´m not a "bling" kind of person, so apart the exhaust on my monster this would be my second mod.
 

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I have the Arrow damper on my S2R1000. I never actually had any head shake without it but the bike just felt twitchy and nervous. I had to really concentrate on being very light on the bars. The damper really helps with this. I don't dial in a lot of damping, usually 3 clicks in from full soft, but I find that just enough.
 

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A buddy of mine has the Bitubo which is an absolute work of art. He claims it improves turn in feel and calms the bike down when accelerating aggressively.
 

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I have the Arrow damper on my S2R1000. I never actually had any head shake without it but the bike just felt twitchy and nervous. I had to really concentrate on being very light on the bars. The damper really helps with this. I don't dial in a lot of damping, usually 3 clicks in from full soft, but I find that just enough.
I also have a 999 and sometimes when I ride hard the MS2R I feel that the steering damper it would be nice to have.
 

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Yep the steering is so light and you have considerably more leverage with the bars. I took mine off and rode for a few days; quickly put that back on. Hard acceleration was the worst on head shake.
 

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This topic has been discussed many times on this site and others.

IMO, it is one of the first accessories you should purchase for the Monster. The light, sometimes twitchy front end begs for the addition of a steering damper. I have the Ohlins side mount on my S4RS as I have Cycle Cat clip-ons which will not accommodate a top mount damper.

I've had steering dampers on all of my 6 Ducati's in the past 14 years with the exception of my ST4S. A nasty tank slapper on my 900ss in 1995 helped me make the decision to install a damper on all my bikes since.
 

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Anyone have experience both with and without a steering damper on an 1100?
Unfortunately there aren't too many damper options for the 1100 and I don't think anyone has pulled the trigger yet on being the guinea pig for any of the models. If ohlins had a top mounted version, I'd be all over it.
 

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Unfortunately there aren't too many damper options for the 1100 and I don't think anyone has pulled the trigger yet on being the guinea pig for any of the models. If ohlins had a top mounted version, I'd be all over it.
I think there's a DP one, but I don't know anything how good it is.
 

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Anyway let me know your opinion specially if you have one and feel the difference!
after you have a suspension specialist dial in your monster, put on an adjustable damper. my bitubo is perfect. looks like you have one choice and that's DP but it says it is adjustable and that is what you want.

i adjust mine to about half way for around town and another click in for fast freeway. makes a huge difference!
 

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I've got an S4 and it's about a twitchy son of a. I'm seriously considering an Ohlins, I've got a top clamp kit for 1 1/8" bars and some Pro Taper dirt bike bars on it, so there is a lot of leverage working with some fairly quick steering, so it probably wouldn't hurt, except in my wallet.
 

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after you have a suspension specialist dial in your monster, put on an adjustable damper. my bitubo is perfect. looks like you have one choice and that's DP but it says it is adjustable and that is what you want.

i adjust mine to about half way for around town and another click in for fast freeway. makes a huge difference!
Thanks for your answer, since I´m not receiving any manual or instructions to adjust. All I know is that it has 25 "clicks" so I´ll take it from there and initial feel of the bike.
 

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Got the Matris Steering Damper after reading good reviews, a few horror stories about head-shakes, and experiencing bad cross-winds on the highway. It was tough to spend the money on it but figured it's worth it.
 

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A steering damper is better then NO steering damper. I'm sure any of the models listed will greatly reduce head shake.

On my S4Rs I went with a modded version - an arrow mounting kit and an Ohlins damper for a Yamaha R6. The two were made for each other.

 

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Got the Matris Steering Damper after reading good reviews, a few horror stories about head-shakes, and experiencing bad cross-winds on the highway. It was tough to spend the money on it but figured it's worth it.
i spent $3g on the full termi-dynotune. purchased some goodies like slipper clutch, mirrors, steering damper.

thought i was done but just recently put a whole paycheck out there with new levers, rear sets, reservoirs, and some other goodies. i never put anything but new tires on my japanese bikes but these ducs are money pits :D
 
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