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Given a choice, I'd rather have a smooth ride than a wobbly one so I can ride confidently (and quickly). Most riders would undoubtedly answer the same, but for some reason, many don't know that one of the secrets to having their bike react the way they'd like is hidden within the parts they can by for their motorcycle. Specifically, the steering damper serves the express purpose of countering uncontrolled movements (wobble) while riding. Oh, and they're also often called steering stabilizers.

What Makes Steering Dampers Great For Sport Bikes?

Sport bikes are tuned for precision and performance. They maximize factors like acceleration, speed and braking ability. In many cases, they also have shorter wheel bases and a tendency to be more difficult to control. For these kinds of bikes, dampers are almost a "must-have" for obtaining the greatest amount of stability possible.

The stabilizer/damper attaches to the motorcycle and works by reducing the amount of shock transferred to the motorcycle bars (and arms). This lessens an effect known as oscillation, making the bike easier to control. It reduces lateral (horizontal) movements, much in the same way that the suspension on your bike corrects for vertical movements.

This equates to less energy expended trying to hold the bike steady, and less fatigue as a result. Additionally, the likelihood losing control of the bike while performing tricky maneuvers, such as a tight turn or a wheelie, is greatly reduced.

What About Ohlins Steering Dampers?

Sometimes, bikes will come with steering dampers. Many riders that want a higher-quality ride, however, will turn to various motorcycle parts stores for high-end aftermarket motorcycle parts for exacting specifications. Ohlins is one such brand, a company with a deep history in world-championship racing that you can trace back to the 1970s. Ohlins produces a rather well-regarded piston-style damper that sport bike enthusiasts have come to trust and love. You can shop for Ohlins Motorcycle Suspension products and steering dampers on our website.

In contrast to rotary-style dampers like a Scotts Stabilizer, piston-style dampers can mount in the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) location on most bikes, where they install with ease. There's no need to worry about them much afterward once they are dialed-in. Rotary-styles are almost always top-mount devices, which makes taking the tank off more difficult -- something track bike owners may frequently be doing during competition.

Some feel that piston-style dampers are more difficult to adjust on the fly and might sustain more damage during an impact, but, with some practice, adjusting settings becomes nearly as easy as it would be with a rotary device.

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By Daniel Relich

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