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Is anyone else finding the stock steering damper as inadequate?

I added the Ohlins to my 848 and it was great, but of course the stock one on the 899 isn't adjustable. I'm finding that very often I wish it were adjusted firmer.

Is there anyway to modify the stock damper or should I just start saving for and Ohlins again?
 

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Yes!! I am coming from an 09 R6 and I had the GPRv4 on there. Usually cranked it up to about 13 or 14. (Save my ass plenty of times btw). The stock one on the 899 does feel a bit soft. Without an adjuster, I wouldn't think there is a way to modify. I remember the stock ones on the kawi's there was a mod by replacing the internal pin.

Of course there is an aftermarket option I'm sure. But there's more $$. Lol.


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You could probably change the oil in the stocker.
 

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^^ you could but you will achieve more by putting on a fully adjustable dampner.

I'm taking my 899 to the track next week so will see how the stock dampner goes.
I think it will be alright. My RSV4 had a stock dampner and I rode that pretty hard without any issues.

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A to stiff damper is not good either, the bike needs movement. Look at some pro riders, they hold the clipons really loose to let the bike move. Make it to stiff and it will ride like a bull. There have been several reporters on the Imola track and no one mensioned it needs improvement and there were pretty fast guys on the track.
 

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I'm hoping Scotts makes an adapter for the 899. It has a lot more adjustability than the Ohlins and worked great on my SV 650.
 
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