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    Senior Member WA patrick's Avatar
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    Steering Damper

    anyone know how too fit a steering damper to the Katana ?

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    Senior Member NSW Nick Kakasiouris's Avatar
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    Patrick i did not go with a steering damper and spent a few dollars having the suspension replaced and good gear installed for me and the roads i was riding on.
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    Hi Patrick,

    Is this for your Kat?

    Why do you feel that you need one?

    Cheers.

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    I'm looking forward to riding over to the East Coast and back some time in May /June and I want all the help I can get,
    the damper will firm up the steering just enough to be able to sit back with the cruise control
    highway pegs and a couple of leashes coming off the end of the bars
    when not in shag position.
    unless some one out there has the proper tool to tighten the steering head bearing for the bottom triple tree adjustment.

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    Ok got it.

    Tight bearings - really make the bike unpleasant and tend to make it feel unstable.

    At around legal speeds the Kat will be super stable. You could knock a few PSI out the front tyre as well - soften and slow up the front a bit.

    Pity you aren't headed across in Sept for SoO.

    Let us know how you go?

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    When l went to the Alice in the late eighties Patrick I sat on 170 and let the bike work for me, no pressure on the wrist at that speed and the Kat loved it, worked the neck muscles over though lol. But had to Carry extra fuel as reserve kicked in pretty quick. All went well until the chain guard tab fatigued and the whole lot fell into the chain at 170 it scared the shite outa me lol.

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    Senior Member WA patrick's Avatar
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    the head bearings are not tight,tight.
    They feel a bit light on, as i did them by feel a while ago
    and I did not have the correct tool at the time
    as for 170k's out on the long paddock
    what a difference a few decades makes
    I did that coming into Goulburn NSW back in 81
    on a 750 water bottle, the copper nearly locked me up
    and I was slowing done at the time after seeing what the thing could do.
    I'll be going steady Eddie, keep it smooth and reliable.about 12K all up.
    It's now or never.

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    maybe invest in some hi rise clipons move the grips up and backward so you sit up more go for a straight back.

    Also the "proper" steering stem tightening tool can be made by welding strips of steel to a 29mm socket
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    Senior Member NSW Nick Kakasiouris's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkside View Post
    maybe invest in some hi rise clipons move the grips up and backward so you sit up more go for a straight back.

    Also the "proper" steering stem tightening tool can be made by welding strips of steel to a 29mm socket
    Good to know that and thanks for the photo.
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    Senior Member WA patrick's Avatar
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    finally got around to checking the stem bearings
    and looks like they were good all along,
    says in the book to tighten to 35 ft lbs and back off half turn
    by the time I tighten these up and backed them off a 1/4
    it was close to where I'd started
    did not have a 29mm socket but the 27 was close but when the top tree came off it was to small
    had to use a good 30mm socket and weld the 5mm key bar on ,using a spare special nut as a guide.
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