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    If money is not an issue go for it.

    But before you do you should spend money on, good gear, a BRC course, maybe a trackday or 2, suspension work... then maybe the damper.

    At least that is what I would do. PLEASE shy away from the Squidly "cool" factor of new bits. (Dampers, exhaust, bling bling, carbon) It won't make you a better rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    If money is not an issue go for it.

    But before you do you should spend money on, good gear, a BRC course, maybe a trackday or 2, suspension work... then maybe the damper.

    At least that is what I would do. PLEASE shy away from the Squidly "cool" factor of new bits. (Dampers, exhaust, bling bling, carbon) It won't make you a better rider.
    I have already taken the BRC course (which was very good), hopefully a couple trackdays will come next season, what would you consider for suspension work??

    Being in law enforcement i know all about the BLING BLING bikes and i tell ya I do everything in my power to make sure they are "obeying" every and any law!!! (It drives me nuts too).

    As far as the dampers i just didn't know if that would help an inexperienced rider feel more comfortable if wobble occurs.

    I appreciate the info though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wortown03 View Post
    I have already taken the BRC course (which was very good), hopefully a couple trackdays will come next season, what would you consider for suspension work??

    Being in law enforcement i know all about the BLING BLING bikes and i tell ya I do everything in my power to make sure they are "obeying" every and any law!!! (It drives me nuts too).

    As far as the dampers i just didn't know if that would help an inexperienced rider feel more comfortable if wobble occurs.

    I appreciate the info though.
    By suspension work he means bring it to us in Bellingham. Depending on how far you want to go it could get a little expensive. You can also do it in stages depending on the budget youre working with. People will start with revalving the respringing the front end and then work their way to a new rear shock. You could also have us measure the bike and adjust the geometry.

    A damper could help and if you have the money to spend on it it would be a good purchase. Since youre new to biking your first wobble probably wont be much although it will feel huge. I doubt the damper will have much effect on it.

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    The best thing I found about a damper is knowing its on the bike, it gave me a lot more confidence in corners. It just made me feel good that it was there. When I buy a new bike a damper will be the first thing put on it if that says anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    PLEASE shy away from the Squidly "cool" factor of new bits. (Dampers, exhaust, bling bling, carbon) It won't make you a better rider.
    Doc, you just described my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBConz View Post
    Doc, you just described my bike
    Case in point.



    As for the suspension work. Taking it to GMD would work but you can also set Sag yourself and learn about suspension yourself, then when you have really messed it up you can bring it to GMD (at least you will have learned something)

    Glad your in "Law Enforcement". Too bad you didn't buy a smaller first bike.

    This forum is a great place to learn stuff and ask questions... you just have to put up with the ball busting, know it all racers and a couple of squids.

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    well I dont have carbon on mine, so it's a wannabe "cool" squidly bike

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    Unless you are going really fast on the street a damper won't
    really have much effect, in my opinion. I'd ride for awhile and see.
    You'll know from body/bike feedback whether you need a damper
    or not.

    On the track it will help over bumpy parts where
    your front wheel gets unweighted.

    The damper could help if you have underlying suspension issues
    but that would be a band-aid. Better to address the suspension issues
    directly.

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