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post #31 of 46 (permalink) Old 12-29-2010, 06:16 PM
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1. Steering damper. Why would you need one on a Bonnie? I've cruised at 70, and gone "ton up" once very, very briefly.. Steady as can be... Tire degradation + speed = tank slapper.. Maybe?
I assume you were going in a straight line when you hit the tonne? Try it on a sweeper and the first thing you will do once you clean out your drawers is order a dampner.

Personally, I make do with a fork brace - which has removed the better part of the wobble on high speed corners - and simply back off when I'm pressing up against the upper limit of the stablility envelope...

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Ape hangers look cool on some custom show bikes but they certainly aren't a performance mod. Imagine a motocross or oval track race in which all the bikes have ape hangers.

Hmm. I'd pay to watch that!
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Weight saving.

Then there was the guy that didn't use his rear brake and removed it to save weight.
Strange, I haven't seen any of his postings since.
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Dropping the fork tubes through the triple clamps too far can make the steering twitchy and prone to wobbles.
+1, yes been there.

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Zombie thread, but I'll play along.

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Modifying your wheels from round to square will negatively impact safety.

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He knows what he's talking about.
But it did set his bike apart from the others.

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Yeah, the hipsters loved it, which is why I switched back to round.

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Hipsters!
Tell 'em it's trendy to die please.

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This isn't really a modification but it's something to avoid:

Beginning to adjust the chain tension, having the rear axle bolt loose, going in for dinner, and then hopping on the bike in the morning for a spirited ride.
I'll take the foul on that one.

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