why do you need a steering damper?
the cafe has a steeper rake than other models. turns very easy, but feels a bit 'twitchy' in some turnswhy do you need a steering damper?
Glad our video was helpful, and your install caveats and insight were awesome. How are you liking the damper right now?The first thing is that the bolts that hold down the clamp mount on top of the triple clamp (handle bar mount for other models, really just holds up the speedometer on the cafe).
the cafe's bolts seem to be smaller than the other models' bolts, and in turn the bolts provided in the kit:
I just re-used the stock bolts and nuts. they were plenty long enough
The 2nd thing that i learned is that the top of the cafe's fairing is mounted via 2 bolts to the top triple clamp
you need to remove the top triple to put a mount part on (much better solution that other vendors).
install video for reference:
i didn't realize this and broke a tab on one side (when getting the triple clamp off) of the triple clamp (surprised it broke an not the plastic fairing).
No big deal. i put a washer over it and reinstalled. it's fine.
i don't think it matters, but this bit doesn't sit perfectly flush (not sure if it does on other models):
Looks great. haven't had a chance to ride with it yet, but i think it'll really help.
thanks. haven't ridden with it yet. have been working with CNC directly. they advised that the smaller bolts for the cafe aren't good as is, with there being a gap in the holes in the damper mount.Glad our video was helpful, and your install caveats and insight were awesome. How are you liking the damper right now?
I know for my knobbys the difference was marked, but for the Cafe Racer has it helped you a good deal?
I just received the CNC Steering Damper and I want to ask how difficult was it to remove the Top Triple Clamp any tips would be greatly appreciated. Like yourself I feel the front is a bit twitchy have you noticed anything since your install? Nice write up!
Thanks for you help
Thanks I was thinking about doing the same as yourself except using a 1X2 piece of wood to bang under the clamp. Just a question I watched the same video from astroscrambler the part where he preps the spacer that attaches to the ring it looks like he lubes it but the instructions don't indicate such a move do you know anything about that?
I appreciate your help I'm installing tomorrow...ETA 45 mins to an hour?
Whats your best mod and where did you get the number change from?
If Ohlins would hurry up and make a front and rear suspension upgrade for the Cafe Racer the bike would be complete.
Just installed the damper your tips worked great (used 2 hammers) didn't have the wood pieces around. The top triple can off rather easily maybe cause the bike is still new. I didn't remove the head fairing just took the bolts off and maneuvered the plastic around its pretty flexible. I used the cafe racer spacers kit ,I thought it would make the whole top plate,top clamp & cnc arm bracket flush instead of the gaps between the parts I guess thats how it suppose to fit?
Doesn't really matter now just want to test it out when it stops raining. Thanks again for the help and advice.