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Hi all!!!!
Do monster's need steering damper's, Some sales people are pushing these add on's. Are they really needed on these bikes?
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i just ordered one from my dealer.every bike should have one
espically if you have a s4.
 

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Don't worry. Your Monster will handle fine even without a damper.

However, if I were to do just a couple mods to get started, this was one of the mods I was recommended along with the exhast swap.
 
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Any recommendations? Has to what brand or type.
Thanks for all the replys....You guys are great. :)
 

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I now have the Extreme Tech Ti damper available from MotoWheels on my bike. Evidentally, it's the same as the ones that are sold under the Arrow name. It looks good and works well with good adjustabillity. It's light, and the mounting bracket makes fo a very sano installation (even if your front end in non-standard.

I used to have the damper that most people call the "Spareshack damper" which I think is made by Simpson. It does the trick, although the range of adjustment is very narrow (read: the adjuster doesn't do much). I've also seen them wear out and the damping becomes pretty minimal when that happens. Of course, you can buy 3 or so of these for the price of most of the other dampers available.

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I bought a scotts damper for my bike on ebay. I really like this one since it looks great. They also mount on the bars and give the bike a real race look.
 

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If you think you "need" a damper for normal riding there is something wrong with your bike or your riding. The single best thing you can do for handling on a monster is get more weight on the front tire in other words clip-ons. That by itself will solve any lightness or instability of the front end. The best damper is Ohlins or Scott's. In theory I really like the high speed low speed adjustment on the Scott's I haven't used one myself but that is really what you want very little damping at low speed and more at high. There is a damper manufacturer out of Italy that makes dampers for at least a half dozen companies they sell under the Arrow, STM, Zacharia, etc, names they look terrific but it is my experience they don't last. They start sucking air and getting notchy while still new. Its a really pity too as they make ti and carbon bodies that are really trick.
 

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I'm glad Alex countered the "need" for a damper. I can't speak for the S4, I have an M900.

In addition to clip-on's, I'd recommend raising the rear ride height. Don't know how to do it on an S4. It's a piece of cake on the older frames. With clip-ons and a raised rear, I find my bike to be very quick AND very well behaved. I can accelerate out of bumpy corners and really feel the tire traction without geting into any head shake instability. So far, I'm in the "no damper" camp.
 
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Well Thanks For all the replys....I guess I wont need one, Thats leaves more money for cf exhaust upgrade..or riser's
BCM Ducati has a awsome deal on arrow cf exhaust with air filter. anyone have arrow exhaust and do you like them?
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