We use the Scotts Performance steering stabilizer kits on a number of our motorcycles. (A steering stabilizer is also referred to as a 'damper'). This kit fits seamlessly on our F800GS and it works great. I like the slight increase in bar height (about 1-inch, so most people won't even notice) because it makes road riding a little more comfortable and still works great off-road while standing up. The Scotts 'SUB-Mount' kit mounts under the handlebars so the damper is tucked out of the way while it does your dirty work. Overall, it serves to keep the bike moving forward without allowing the bars to flick back and forth violently, which helps to keep you in control.
One thing to consider about this F800GS Scotts SUB Mount kit will be whether you will actually be riding off-road or not. We simplified your options by labeling them as either On Road Only or a combination On/Off Road. We did this after speaking with Scotts Performance at length about what that actually means with regard to how the stabilizer operates. With their advice and consideration we reached the conclusion that if you will be doing any of your riding off-road you will want to opt for the On/Off Road option. That way, the rebound dampening of the On Road version will not inhibit the motorcycle's handling off-road.
We ride with aggresive lean angles on-road and explore a wide variety of terrain off-road. The On/Off Road damper setup for the F800GS Scotts SUB Mount kit has allowed us improved performance and handling across the board. We would highly recommend this kit to someone looking to stabilize the handling on any dual sport or off-road motorcycle.
Our sportbike experience with the Scotts damper also demonstrates that Scotts Performance is making a top-notch product that is useful in any discipline of motorcycle riding. We've had great success over the years with the Scotts damper at track days and canyon riding on various sportbikes.
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