Showa Steering Stabilizer?

Discussion in 'Suspension-Setup/tuning' started by jpalmer1, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. jpalmer1

    jpalmer1 C level Member
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    I'm considering purchasing a SHOWA stabilizer for my KTM 300 XC-W for Hare Scramble racing. Ride Engineering www.ride-engineering.com now makes a Showa bracket for my bike, and many others now.

    Has anyone tried the Showa or ridden a Honda with one that can compare it to the Scotts, GPR, or others? I'm not so much interested an an "engineering" assessment vs. the others, since there are plenty of those out there. I know they were designed for MX, RC Specifically. I would love to hear anyone's experience with them on MX tracks and/or Trails, how well they work, pros & cons and experiencial comparison vs. the others. Thanks.
     
  2. i4bikes

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    I have a 09 450x and after 2 rides in sand the stock stabilizer is on my work bench and a scotts is on the bike. I don't know what Honda was looking for but their stabilize doesn't do much for me.
     
  3. peimei

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    i hear its only good for motocross, cant beat the scotts for the trees
     
  4. Andy Winters

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    I like the scotts and WER dampers, one thing nice about the WER damper is it's out of the way
     
  5. CrazyTed

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    I have no experience with the Showa damper. I started with the WER units but kept breaking them on stuff when I crashed. Switched to GPR and was happy until I tried a Motosportz damper. Really happy with that one. I have tried a Scott's before but could never get it to work right for me. I found out later that if you tell them you right east coast, tight woods they change the setup on the damper before they ship it.
    My favorite is now the Motosportz damper.
     
  6. Andy Winters

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    what did you like about the Motosportz damper compared to the others? I mean they all do the same thing with different levels of adjust-ability right?
     
  7. CrazyTed

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    It's just the feeling about the way they work. The WER unit worked well but I kept breaking them. The Scotts I could never get right for the eastern conditions. The GPR worked great and the Motosportz reminds me of that but it just seems to work better. When you adjust the Motosportz all the way soft, it feels like there is absolutely no damping. I like how it mounts. I have the underbar mount and it is the smallest one I've ever used. The GPR raised my bars just over 7/8th's of an inch. The Motosportz is raised the bars just short of 1/2 of an inch. The Motosportz mount also is adjustable so that you can run the bars in any positions you want. I like mine either all the way forward or one spot back. The Motosportz damps in both directions so if you're turning and hit a stump/root/rock/whatever, you have damping against that force back towards the center. Other dampers only damp away from center, like the Scotts does. That didn't help in the woods when you hit a bump and the bars swapped back to center.
     

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