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Most of us have experienced the wobble of the stock tires on grooved pavement. Well yesterday I was turning left onto a highway on ramp. I slowed to let a car coming the other way turn right on the same on-ramp. Instead of keeping in his right lane he swung into the left lane in front of me. This annoyed me a bit so I crossed to the right and went WOT. The on-ramp is grooved and with my rapidity and stock tires the FTR started to wobble into the beginning of a serious tank slapper. I eased off an it settled down. So be careful out there. Accelerating fast on grooves can unsettle the bike.
 

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Tar snakes at a lean can be really clenching.
Especially good tire grip would only be worse in this situation.
Beware of those cheap road fixes where they just dripple hot tar in a half-assed effort to do a repair of the cracks.
 

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Gripping the tank with your legs helps in situations like these, unsettling it is.

One of the rare situations where a steering damper may help btw...
What other reason do steering dampers exist?

My 'busa has a steering damper, because the Suzuki engineers determined that they could not provide the front end geometry for the responsiveness they wanted without the safety back-up of a steering damper.

My ZRX1200 did not come with a steering damper, but the geometry did not demand it. I did once get in a slight short-lived tank slapper, but it quickly corrected itself, showing that the geometry wasn't so quick that it was required.
 

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agreed, yep

(but you wouldn鈥檛 want to count the people that turn them all the way up to get rid of a wobble, which makes steering much heavier)
 

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agreed, yep

(but you wouldn鈥檛 want to count the people that turn them all the way up to get rid of a wobble, which makes steering much heavier)
Yes, there are a lot of people out there that still need to learn...hopefully they get the education before the hurt themselves.
 

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Yes, there are a lot of people out there that still need to learn...hopefully they get the education before the hurt themselves.
Lots of people add them as a band aid to shitting suspension settings. If it didn鈥檛 come with one stock, chances are it doesn鈥檛 need one.

That being said I would buy one for the ftr if they made it. Only because they look pretty. I generally kept them on the lowest setting on my previous bikes


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