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is anyone familiar wiht this? I am interested in getting a dampening system for my cycle but am not sure which way to go. I don't need the top of the line ohlins stuff, but I don't want a piece of junk either. I like this because it doesn't use the rod to connect from the fork like some other dampeners do. This looks a lot cleaner to me. If people say it's good I may jump on it.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=35592&item=2453580615
 

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There are a few dampers (is that right? hahah) that mount UNDER the bottom tripple, and are pretty out of sight.
 

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Please note that the item is correctly called a "steering damper," not a "dampener." Having said that, I'll point out that Scotts calls theirs a "steering stabilizer." I installed one on my VFR800 because it was the only bolt-on unit I could find. I've been very pleased with it and would recommend a Scotts to anyone, but when it came time to install a damper on my '97 M900, Scotts didn't make a mount for my bike, so I settled on a Storz damper. WER makes an under-the-triple damper, but I don't know if they make one for any Monster model. Motowheels offers the Ohlins damper and one by Extreme Tech. Both are fairly expensive. Spareshack has one that's less expensive (and less elegant) but appears to be up to the task. They're kind of like life insurance. If all you do is tootle around town at relatively inoffensive speeds, you may never experience the need for a damper, but when you need one, you need it. Every racing organization requires them for good reason.
 

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I have a friend that while riding on the freeway kept turning the damper stiffer trying to get a little shake out of the steering. When his exit came he didn't give it a thought and when he got to the end of the ramp and had to turn the bike wouldn't and he fell over and broke his collar bone all because the steering damper was set too stiff. A bad steering damper is as dangerous as no steering damper and using it improperly and when it isn't needed can be dangerous too. The Scotts damper is a particularly good damper it is one of the few dampers that can have a light feel when steering yet still have enough high speed damping to be effective in an emergency.
 

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I thought the Scotts Damper was made by Ohlins.
 

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I have one on my 00 M750. Easy to adjust. I love it. Bought it on ebay 100.00 and 130.00 for the mounting kit from scotts.
 

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If Scott's make a mounting kit for your bike they are way cool and one of the best dampeners around. The adjustability of the Scott's beats all that I have seen. I have on on my dirt bike and can't live with out it.
 
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Scotts doesn't make a kit for the newer monsters. They told me "not enough demand". :-/ I bought an Ohlins...
 

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Hanjin: That's an interesting setup. You just put your old bar mounts back on (sans bars) and mounted the damper atop that? Looks pretty cool. Are you happy with the setup?
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It's the only way to go for a monster and the scotts damper. The mounting kit comes with the top part of the clamp to mount the damper and the ignition cover. Unless you get some super bike forks and use the new top tree they have. But this is $$$. I got used to the look and it performs great.
 

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That's funny Alex--- I live on a dirt road & need to turn the damper off when I hit the dirt, forgetting is definatly dicy exciting!!
 
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My first trip down the driveway was definitely exciting! Had the damper set too stiff, almost dumped it... DUH!!
 
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Do they make any of those top mounts for the S4 ? I saw a Ohlins bit on the side, but it was sticking out like crazy..almost as if it would snag some pants if I were to walk by.... any pics of a monster S4 with a damper would be greatly apprciated
 

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I've just ordered a Scotts steering damper from Scotts themselves.
 

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Who makes that damper on the bike pictured above? I like the way it looks. I can't make out the name on it though...
 
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