Scotts steering dampers (stabilizer) offer patented compact non-obtrusive, hydraulic shock absorbing unit that mounts to the steering head of your motorcycle, directly over the centreline of your steer tube. Its purpose is to absorb any unwanted left to right motion in the handlebars, a phenomenon known as "Headshake" or "wobble" that is commonly found on most production motorcycles due to the increased steering angles of today's bikes. By helping to stabilize the front end of your motorcycle, the rear of the motorcycle will track straighter allowing the rest of your suspension to work the way it was designed to. In addition, the Scotts Steering Stabilizer helps eliminate that sudden thrust affect of having the handlebars pulled from your hands after unknowingly hitting sharp edged objects, pot-holes, rocks, roadway grooves and uneven pavement. Because of its mounting location, it's easy to adjust and out of harm's way. It is the only stabilizer with 3 fully adjustable circuits, mounts in minutes in most cases and can be moved from bike to bike relatively easy.
Complete Kits (With Stabilizer)
Each Scotts Steering Damper mounting kit is specific to a certain bike. Each kit is meticulously assembled so they come complete with all the necessary hardware to mount your steering stabilizer. Most kits require only minutes to install. The kit pictured and the majority of kits include: a Stabilizer, link arm, Triple Clamp nut, Frame Bracket, Tower Pin, TC Damper Mount, instruction manual and applicable bolts.
Mount Kits Only (No Stabilizer)
Each Scotts Steering Damper mounting kit is specific to a certain bike. Each kit is meticulously assembled so they come complete with all the necessary hardware to mount your steering stabilizer. Most kits require only minutes to install. The kit pictured and the majority of kits include: a Triple Clamp nut, Frame Bracket, Tower Pin, TC Damper Mount, instruction manual and applicable bolts.
How does it work?
Basically, it operates under the same principle as the front forks. Valving inside the unit reacts to the slightest of jolts that are transferred through the forks and crowns of the motorcycle. Internal circuitry and hydraulic valving absorbs the energy that would have been received through the handlebars. The link arm which connects the stabilizer to the frame, reacts instantaneously, absorbing any unwanted movement. The suspension was designed to handle the vertical movement of the motorcycle. Scotts Steering Stabilizer completes your suspension package by controlling the unwanted horizontal movement that is continually transferred to the handlebars.
Where does the Stabilizer work best?
Anywhere there are forces trying to push or pull your front end left to right. Riding in the desert, Scotts Steering Stabilizer will soon become your best friend. It will completely eliminates the head-shake and instability you get while riding on washboard fire-roads, rocky sections and in high speed sand washes. It helps keep the motorcycle straight in the whoops In the woods. Sharp edged rocks and tree roots that send a shock all the way up to your jawbone, are reduced to minor disturbances that allows the suspension to work the way it was intended to. Motocrossers will find that the bike will track straighter through the stutter bumps, big rollers and sweeping turns while assuring secure landings at the end of doubles or tabletops. Being infinitely adjustable, there is no reason not to use it. It has no disadvantages!
Why is this Stabilizer so much better?
The most important feature is that the Scotts Stabilizer only dampens as the handlebar turns away from centre. The handlebar "free-valves" back to dead straight. That makes the bike want to go straight, all by itself. This is a huge advantage over other stabilizers. It also boasts a damping control that is adjustable on the fly. It only takes two seconds of one-handed riding to change the damping, similar to the time it would take to pull the string on your roll-off lens. Even more importantly, the Scotts stabilizer has a "high-speed" damping adjustment, similar to the high speed adjustment in your shock. Since the stabilizer is literally a little shock absorber controlling the unwanted left to right motion of the handlebars, it only makes sense that you would want to have a circuit that absorbs the impacts that exceed the normal range of hits, similar to a high speed valving shock. Most impacts and head-shake at the front wheel are ï¿½high speed" movements, where on the other hand, turning is generally a low speed movement. If you don't like the feeling the stabilizer provides in turns or while flying an SX jump, you can adjust it out and still retain its ability to absorb high speed impacts. NO OTHER STABILIZER HAS THIS FEATURE.
Why? Because itï¿½s expensive to build and the concept is patented. Not only is the damping rate and high speed circuit adjustable, but the arc of movement over which it operates is also adjustable ï¿½ called ï¿½sweepï¿½ controls. So in summary, the Scotts Stabilizer has 3 fully adjustable circuits all of which are critical to any stabilizers ability to function correctly.
Can the damper be mounted to other bikes?
Another nice feature about the Scotts damper is that it is transferable between bikes in seconds. If you have more than one bike, you only need one damper and a couple of mounting kits to be able to transfer it from bike to bike. Unlike suspension or motor mods, when you sell your bike, you can take it with you to install on your next bike. Most applications use very simple bolt on brackets for mounting.
Does it really work for Motocross or freestyle?
Ask John Dowd, Robbie Reynard, Brian Deegan and Doug Henry ï¿½ they all think so. If youï¿½re a motocrosser, the Scotts Steering Stabilizer will give you that extra push and confidence by saving you previously wasted energy. Ever land in a pothole and scare yourself? Ever come up short on a double and have the bars yanked out of your hands? Ever have the track conditions steer YOU off course? You won't believe how this little jewel will compensate for errors like that. Just ask someone who owns one! It is infinitely adjustable to all riding situations, so there is no reason not to use it. It has NO disadvantages!
Will it fit on any motorcycle?
In theory, the Scotts Steering Stabilizer can be adapted to fit any motorcycle on the market including vintage bikes. It is designed to be a "bolt-on" item for all of the major brand off-road motorcycles. A weld-on version is also available. It can be mounted on Kawasaki, KTM, Husaberg, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Gas Gas, TM and many more.
Is it easy to put on?
In most cases, if you can change a spark plug, you should be able to install a Scotts Steering Stabilizer. There is no welding (unless requested) and it mounts in minutes in most cases. The unit comes with a step by step instruction manual. This is a very sophisticated unit that does more for any motorcycle than any other after market improvement. It needs to be installed correctly to gain the maximum potential.
Does it need constant servicing?
When mounted correctly it almost needs no attention at all as it is designed so that there are no wearable parts. However, Offroad Cycles provides a complete service program should you need it.