Options? SCU race kit for the existing, remove for manual, Scott's and GPR make nice units.
It's also full of guys who think they should buy a literbike to learn on so they won't have to trade up.:crackup:I agree, although from a legal standpoint, mother kawi can fend off lawsuits a whole lot easier from a nutered system over a plaintiff who claims he/she could not turn the handlebar and caused an accident.
Sadly, this is the world we live in, it's controlled by lawyers and bureaucrats.
Geometry and suspension setup is important but it doesn't eliminate the need for a good damper that actually works.
So much is how you ride. The stock damper is adequate for any kind of reasonable street use, if you really whack it open, like to wheelie, all this kind of stuff, then it's limp. But then that kind of riding has other risks too so at that point on the street, it is compounded.From the factory the bike comes with significant trail (nanny settings) which would reduce the chance of a wobble. Getting the bike set up for better turn in will reduce stability making a good damper even more important. Maybe they figure sending out a weak damper to match the poochy geometry is the way to go? Just speculating... but it still makes no sense to me. I don't buy into the worries that they'll get sued because people will complain they can't turn the bike when the damper is set stiff enough to do any good. The bike turns fine with the race SCU installed. It can't be a money thing because Kawi isn't profiting from people upgrading their dampers.
I love the carousel at HPT! Hope they get that thing repaved and back open!I told this story in here years ago, but here it is again. In 2006, one of my closest friends was killed when his 05' 636 hit a steel street pole and he broke his neck. This was the result of a massive head shake that went really, really bad. He could not get the bike under control and it veered off the road. To me, steering dampers are a must. I've had plenty of moments on the street and track where a damper kept the front end from going ape shit. One time specifically, I crossed a seam at Heartland Park in turn 3. It's a huge carousel where you carry 90+ mph. I normally never go outside past the apex in this turn, but I was making a pass. I crossed the seam and it gave me a huge wag, nearly ejecting me off the seat. I guarantee the GPR damper saved my ass. I was on my knee and then some!