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Old 06-26-2018, 02:06 PM   #21
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Re: Headshake / Steering Dampener

I can assure you the 1250 does not need a steering damper. With an aftermarket shock and shorter dogbones, I run the back end about 1-1/2" higher than stock, which of course will exacerbate any tendency of the chassis to wobble, but it is very stable.

Stock, the 1250 has very soft fork springs. I'm a big person, 265#, and when I got the bike used with stock suspension, the front end was almost scary. I think it was mostly the worn front tire. I put in correct Racetech springs, revalved the damping, new front tire, greased and properly adjusted the steering head bearings, all at the same time, and it's been great since. Main point is - also check your sag at the front - if excessive it could result in a wobble, especially if you are heavy and have the back end cranked up. If you also have a worn front tire or run the front below 40-42 psi it doesn't help.

As for both hands off the bars or 1 hand on and the other pulling my pants out a my crack while standing up - those are normal practice for those who have ridden beyond the county line.

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Old 07-14-2018, 06:07 PM   #22
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Re: Headshake / Steering Dampener

A fork brace will stabilize a bit too especially at high speeds and during turning she tends to track much better!
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