• Video: Do you really need a steering damper?

Tank Slappers, steering wobbles, shimmy, speed wobble, and even death wobble are all names of the same dangerous situation that can happen to any motorcycle rider, especially for all the sportsbike fanatics. That is not at all a nice feeling when out of nowhere your bike starts wobbling like a maniac and there is very little that you could do.

It needs a lot of skill to get back your bike in control and a huge load of luck. But then there is a magical device does all that work for you: Steering dampers.

Video: Do you really need a steering damper?
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Sports bikes have a short wheelbase and an aggressive steering geometry to provide the ability to make very quick changes in direction. But this also has its harmful effect on operation making the bike less stable, more prone to feedback from uneven road surfaces, and more difficult to control.

Interrupting this fast wobbling are the steering dampers that work on a simple principle of hydraulic fluids having resistance flowing through small holes. We’ll leave the technicalities for a later date. But for now, check if you need one on your bike. It might be the lucky device saving your life one day.

Video: Do you really need a steering damper?
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Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read full bio
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