I've not needed one either, but I've seen the Scotts and Hyperpro. I think I would like the Scott's better, as it has more adjustability (hi and low speed I think), and it is way less obtrusive. The way the Hyperpro mounts its like an erector set on top of your triple clamp. I don't like that look. Plus, the way the Scotts mounts, it appears it would be easier to swap out to your next bike. With the hyperpro, you would have to order (and pay for) all the mounting hardware required to configure it for the new bike. I believe they are not too far apart in price.
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When I started the bike the first time in the dark after putting them in, I got freaked out...I would have bought them because of it sooner had they shown the night pics of them.
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As for the SCOTTS it is simply awsome.. There have been only a few things that come out once and a while that live up to motorcyclists expectations and the Scotts Damper is one of them. It does everything they claim it does and looks cool while doing it.
I have a HyperPro on my 2001 ZX9R and 2002 ZRX1200. I love the way it feels over a loose front. Up until a month ago I had no problems, but now the year old damper on the ZX9R is in need of rebuilding/replacing, luckily still under warranty, 1 year replacement. If I had to pay for the rebuild, it would be $99.00.
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I have a Hyperpro. It's not on a Kawasaki but we're just talking about the damper here. The hyperpro has the advantage over all the others in terms of operation. You can move it from bike to bike with just new mounting brackets, you can easily adjust it on the fly, it's variable rate for slow and high speed damping (continuous variable rate rather than the two step variable of the Scotts) It's out of the way in case of a crash. Looks - depends on what your taste is.
Now the bad part - I'm on my second replacement, I expect that this one will leak soon too. When it starts to leak, the steering becomes notchy. If you don't know what to look for in when it stops working properly, you may not realize it till you crash. Go for the Scotts or Ohlins.
Well thats the kicker is it not? who wants something that might cause a crash you are trying to prevent in the first place.
As for the Damper, you are slightly incorrect about a couple of things..
The Scotts is out of the way more so than any of the others, It is on-the fly adjustable and can be transfered to other bikes with nothing more than mounting brackets
But most importantly the Scotts is designed to break if it fails before impeading movement. The guide rod under the damper will simply snap off if the unit freezes up..
I would much rather pay for the unit to be repaired than crash.. As for longevity, I have had it a year and have not had any problems yet, but would be pretty upset if I already had to service it, which I have heard is commen with the HyperPro.
I guess I am partial to the Scotts and I know my opinon is jaded a bit because of it, but I almost got the HyperPro prior to the Scotts if that means anything.