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this is the craziest bike I think I've ever rode in my life (aside from my RD400, which would run a solid 10.50 at the drags)!!
first, second, third....then after that is "out of control" head shaking fourth!! it will continue to head shake in fifth and then in sixth! shook at about 180mph in sixth gear!!


is this normal with the zx10's? I got a "night" video of a couple passes I made, will try to get it posted soon!!!
need some help with this head shaking or does anyone have a decent steering stabilizer for sale or know where to find a good one at a decent price? :thumbsup:
 

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this is the craziest bike I think I've ever rode in my life (aside from my RD400, which would run a solid 10.50 at the drags)!!
first, second, third....then after that is "out of control" head shaking fourth!! it will continue to head shake in fifth and then in sixth! shook at about 180mph in sixth gear!!


is this normal with the zx10's? I got a "night" video of a couple passes I made, will try to get it posted soon!!!
need some help with this head shaking or does anyone have a decent steering stabilizer for sale or know where to find a good one at a decent price? :thumbsup:
That's all you need !!!
 

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is it normal for these 10's to shake that bad? my duc and my zx12 didn't shake this bad....well, thr 12 shook aftyer I big bored it, but still not as bad compared to this (and this one isn't bored)!
 

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All you need to do is take that damp/steering stabilizer off and change the oil out of it to a thicker oil and it will be like you sent it off for $100 dollars to get it rebuilt etc. Change the oil and save your money and you will be totally impressed with the night to day difference from when you had the stock shity ass oil in it!! After that kiss the head shake good bye!!
 

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don't have a damp to even change the oil in!! which is the best one for this type of bike? I had a scotts/ohlins on the 12....are they good for all kawasaki's or would a gpr be better?
 

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You have a zx10r and it didn't come with one mounted on top of your triple tree? WEIRD? but if I were you go with a scotts or gpr if anything they both are good. You can't go wrong with them!!
 

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is it normal for these 10's to shake that bad? my duc and my zx12 didn't shake this bad....well, thr 12 shook aftyer I big bored it, but still not as bad compared to this (and this one isn't bored)!
Yeap.. its the nature of a true beast :thumbsup:
 

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Oh shit, wow...Maybe its just everyone I have seen has one so I thought they did...Get one asap cause I know how you feel man. I rode my 09 10 with the damp all the way open and it shook tell 5th gear and didnt feel planted at all LOL
 

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I have a GPR V4 on my 05. I think it works great. But I also have the stock ohlins with the upgrade on the 07. Which is VERY nice. Pretty much what ever works for you. The GPR has settings 1-20 so its easy to work with. The Scotts and Ohlins don't so its a little tricky to find the setting you want to run if you play with the knob at all.
 

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A dampener will help for sure but I think you may have other issues, that will take some time to sort out...My 05 does not shake, even before putting a dampener on. You may have tire, steering or suspension issues.
 

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A dampener will help for sure but I think you may have other issues, that will take some time to sort out...My 05 does not shake, even before putting a dampener on. You may have tire, steering or suspension issues.
I get some headshake above 120mph when WOT, and someone mentioned it could be needing susp. setup due to the not stock 190/55 tire on my 1st gen.:dontknow: It's not enough to stare me, but I don't recall it being as bad w/ the 190/50. I've got the Scotts dampener which is nice, but I think the regular Ohlins would be easier to adjust on the fly as well as being lighter.
 

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don't have a damp to even change the oil in!! which is the best one for this type of bike? I had a scotts/ohlins on the 12....are they good for all kawasaki's or would a gpr be better?
Well, You can hear every possible opinion, so it comes down to You knowing because of experiences that form your Opinions.

Mine is... Scotts Period. (There is an exception that isn't an exception though).

In Europe, that same (Scotts) damper shows up as an Ohlins Rotary. Same damper different Logo etched on it.

Your head shake might be extra from normal. Tires can effect the shake. Steering head bearings can, and suspension set-up (or actually lack of set-up)as well.
But... even if nothing is promoting the shake, Even on bikes that the rider doesn't think shake exists, You Need the best damper money can buy, to do the job, when (and if) the job needs doing.

Just to add some gas to the fire (if a fire breaks out) The Ohlins linier damper that came on the later than 1st gen 10's has a bogus valve, special to OEM specs. The fix for that sorry ass damper is having that valve replaced (Dan Kyle Racing, does it). Some 10'rs have put heavier oil in, but that's side stepping the issue.

And GPR doesn't have the valve system that Scotts does. What Scotts has in their Unique system allows the damper to do what no other damper will do (except for the Ohlins roatary of course). Anyone that is happy to have less than Scotts, God Bless, with any luck You won't get exposed to what is wrong with less.
 

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The Scotts that I have has an Ohlens label on the back side.
 

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(Yes, the 04-o5's didn't have one...)
My used 2006 came without one (maybe he fitted a better one and then removed it before the sale) and I have been to 116 indicated with no shake at all. But, I still want to get one. To me, your problems sound like something is going on with tires or suspension or the forks. Good luck...be safe!
 

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A dampener will help for sure but I think you may have other issues, that will take some time to sort out...My 05 does not shake, even before putting a dampener on. You may have tire, steering or suspension issues.
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HOWEVER....even if I didn't get head shake, I'd invest in a damper anyway. The cost of a damper is less than your health insurance deductable most likely.
 

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first off, no factory 04-05 came with a damper. second, your suspension is off. mine had head shake after I first bought it. sorted the suspension and it was gone. put over 3000 miles on it on the track without a damper and never had an issue. make sure you are not putting extra pressure on the bars as this will also lead to head shake. hope you get it sorted.
 

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this is the craziest bike I think I've ever rode in my life (aside from my RD400, which would run a solid 10.50 at the drags)!!
first, second, third....then after that is "out of control" head shaking fourth!! it will continue to head shake in fifth and then in sixth! shook at about 180mph in sixth gear!!


is this normal with the zx10's? I got a "night" video of a couple passes I made, will try to get it posted soon!!!
need some help with this head shaking or does anyone have a decent steering stabilizer for sale or know where to find a good one at a decent price? :thumbsup:
Hell no, its not normal.

It is normal to have headshake if the front wheel is floating and doesn't land straight when shifting to 2nd or 3rd. Other than that, absolutely not. You have some issues that really need to be sorted out before you hurt yourself.

Tires or Suspension would be my guess.

A damper is a great investment, but would be a bandaid in your case.
 

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1st.-Check your REAR tire alignment,(Often overlooked) 2nd-
then Spring pre-load setting(s) FRONT, 3rd-then dampening adjustments. Both forks need to be exact.
It will help
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A dampener will help for sure but I think you may have other issues, that will take some time to sort out...My 05 does not shake, even before putting a dampener on. You may have tire, steering or suspension issues.
exactly, these bikes do not have any sort of a headshake issue unless you have something going on with your seutp. I ride mine exclusively at the track and I am still on the stock crappy damper and I have never had an issue with headshake. Check your tires n setup. Damper will only mask the problem if you slap it on now. Get the problem fixed, get the damper as insurance.
 
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