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HRC Steering Damper 53700-NLR-003

HRC Damper Configuration

After spending quite a while deliberating about the steering damper setup, I decided to switch to the HRC Steering Damper. The HRC Steering damper is made by KYB and is visually similar to the HESD Steering damper fitted to the stock bike. It also has some nice machined brackets which I have fitted to the stock damper which make the whole setup more rigid.

HRC Damper manual Setup 2
HRC Damper manual Setup 1
The HRC has a couple of key differences. Firstly the HRC item is manual setup with a dial so can be setup to adjust the stiffness and repsonse. This means it secondly does not plug into the bikes loom. HRC helpfully guide you to drill a hole on the tank cover to tune the damper on the fly.

I had my doubts about going to the HRC unit on the road but this kit is fitted to the HRC and Padgetts TT bikes and these cope perfectly with the speeds and road surfaces to perfection.

The stock ECU will throw up an error if you use the HRC damper. You can live with the light or buy a resister pack that tricks the ECU.

If you have the HRC ECU, you can either program the standard HESD unit or disable it in preference of the HRC Unit. The general consensus is that the standard HESD Damper offers no damping at low speed, damping after around 30 MPH and too much damping for racing. Thankfully the HRC ECU can adapt the stock one easily. The HRC Damper however can be adapted easily thanks to its manual adjustment.

Here is a short video of a tank slapper that I hope the HRC Steering damper should protect against.


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