Frequently Asked Questions

Find ansers to common questions about the MSC Moto team, product design, settings, service, and installation.

TOP QUESTION!

Can I use all 4 bar positions on my KTM/Husky/Sherco?

Yes, on a KTM/Husky/Sherco, you can use both triple clamp holes and mount the bar clamps in both orientations (4 total bar positions). You can change these positions without having to order a different mount/kits as with other brands of steering stabilizers.

MSC MOTO TEAM

Where are MSC MOTO Steering Dampers made?

All MSC Moto steering damper kits are designed, manufactured, assembled and tested in-house at the MSC Moto facility located outside of Sydney Australia. When we say designed and manufactured in-house we really mean it! From the CNC machining of the billet to the anodizing, everything is done in-house, this includes injection.

How long has MSC been making steering dampers?

MSC Moto Australia has been designing and manufacturing steering dampers since 1995. MSC has worked with pro level riders such as Toby Price and the KTM Australia Desert Team as well as with Australian Superbike teams.

PRODUCT DESIGN

Why have an adjustable steering damper? What’s the adjustment for?

In tight technical terrain where you are constantly maneuvering the handlebars left and right, you don’t want to be fighting the steering damper, thus you turn down the damping. When you do take a hit, the damper is still there to prevent the handlebars from flying out of your hands. It reduces the force you have put out to counteract the hit to the front wheel. Having that confidence that the bars are not going to flick out of your hands allows you to ride more relaxed and not need to always have a death grip on the bars. Your arms, and upper body will thank you, you can concentrate on riding, vs thinking of staying up. If you do need to rapidly change the direction of the handlebar, Active RTC is there to make it easy.

 

During faster riding, or in sand, you want the motorcycle to track straight and let momentum stabilize the motorcycle. During these instances, you increase the damping adjustment so that the front wheel stays straight even when it takes a hit or wants to follow a rut n the dirt or an imperfection in the road.

My motorcycle comes from the factory with a piston type/linear non-adjustable steering damper, why do I want an adjustable MSC steering damper?

If your motorcycle comes from the factory with a non-adjustable piston/linear type steering damper, most likely its not doing much for you or soon it will wear out. These types of steering dampers have a very low volume of fluid that degrades very fast.

Why don’t MSC Steering Dampers have a high-speed adjustment, corner damping, and return to center damping adjustments?

Simply put, we don’t need them. MSC has had these features in a variety of iterations over the last 25 years. The feedback we have received from customers, top-level teams and pro-level riders is that these adjustments are not used or needed when the damping curves are properly designed for the type of bike. Our damping curves and features are set for each of our 3 different models of dampers and have been refined based on feedback, what’s practical and useful for each model/type of riding. All our steering dampers were designed to be nothing but the best motorcycle steering dampers on the market and do not have features and adjustments originally intended for other non-motorcycle steering damping applications.

What is Active Return to Center (RTC) Damping?

Return to center damping refers to damping when the front wheel is already turned off center and is moving back towards straight ahead. In other words, return to center damping prevents when you have the handlebar turned and your front wheel takes an impact causing the bars to shooting back to center. Some steering dampers don’t dampen movements back to center. Our units do dampen back to center, but they are “smart” and can distinguish a hit to the front wheel, vs input/forces from your arms pulling the handlebars back to center. When the damper detects your arms pushing the bar back to center, it reduces or bleeds off the damping force.

STEERING DAMPER SETTINGS

Can I use all 4 bar positions on my KTM/Husky/Sherco?

Yes, on a KTM, Husky, or Sherco, you can use both triple clamp holes and mount the bar clamps in both orientations (4 total bar positions). You can change these positions without having to order a different mount/kits as with other brands of steering stabilizers.

Why is there no damping at full steering angle/end of the range of motion of the damper arm?

This is the way the damper is designed. There is no need for damping when making U-turns and movements past 45 degrees. This is only noticeable while garage racing up on the center stand or when the damper is not mounted on the motorcycle.

Is it a good idea for me to put the damper on the high setting, set the bike on a center stand, and use it to do an arm workout?

No, when the damper is set too high it's usually because you are riding at high speeds, during this type of riding it’s not usual for the bars to go from lock to lock with a lot of force. If you do this you are putting the damper out of its design parameters. You are not going to damage anything, but you may notice differences in the damping profile (as a result of the Active Return to Center feature) and deflections in the pin and damper arm. This would never happen or be observable with the bike on the ground rolling.

INSTALLATION & SERVICE

How high will an Axis DownUnder mount raise the handlebars?

If you are installing an Axis model on a KTM/Husqvarna it will raise the bars 25mm and on some other bikes like a Yamaha it will go up 30mm because of how far the steering stem protrudes through the triple clamp. If you choose the Vector model the increase in handlebar height is just 5mm, the thickness of the mounting bracket, in a few cases 10mm.

How high will the Vector DownUnder mount raise handlebars?

If you are installing a Vector model on a KTM/Husqvarna it will raise the bars just 5mm, the thickness of the mounting bracket, on a few motorcycles it may be 10mm.

How high will the RM3 raise handlebars?

Medium and larger ADV motorcycles that use the RM3 generally have a lot of space between the triple clamps and the bars, thus generally there is no increase in handlebar height.

Do you have a Bar Pad?

Yes. The MSC Moto Axis steering damper is the only steering damper available that has a purpose made bar pad that covers the top and sides of the damper as well as a post pin guard. Riders can still use the adjuster dial without difficulty. Please inquire about these additional accessories. The bar pad is also made at the MSC factory injection molding facility.

How hard is a steering damper to install?

In most cases, a new MSC Moto steering damper can be installed at home with a standard tool kit in about 30 minutes. We do recommend that someone with prior knowledge of the workings of the front end of a motorcycle perform the installation. If you run into trouble, please contact us and we will give you a detailed run down on the general procedure. All kits come with detailed instructions. No MSC damper kit requires welding.

 

Email: info@lindeco.net

Phone: (305) 477-4446

How often do steering dampers need to be serviced?

Servicing is dependent on many factors including the amount of riding, pace, and terrain/type of riding. MSC Moto recommends servicing steering dampers at the same time suspension is serviced, which is usually once a year. Steering dampers can certainly go much longer (5+ years) without servicing, however, it’s not ideal as the oil will degrade over time.

 

MSC dampers have a one-piece billet damping vane and output shaft, no rivets or sheer pins to come loose and induce slop or play in the damper.

 

MSC damper use quality o-rings and seals that don’t leak. After years of use when its time to service the damper, its straight forward. If you can service a front suspension, servicing an MSC steering damper is super easy.

 

Servicing the oil in and MSC damper is also very easy.

Top Question:

Can I use all 4 bar positions on my KTM/Husky/Sherco?

Yes, on a KTM, Husky, or Sherco, you can use both triple clamp holes and mount the bar clamps in both orientations (4 total bar positions). You can change these positions without having to order a different mount/kits as with other brands of steering stabilizers.

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