Scotts (Ohlins) is the best in my opinion because is doesn't dampen "Back towards center," and it has high-speed and low speed adjustments. I turn my low speed to "Neutral" and have the high speed help at maximum capabilities with any trees or trail debris that would cause the bars to deflect.
Ok, I purchaced the scotts damper and installed it under the bar with a BRP submount. I rode the bike a couple of times but it set the bars a little higher than my liking. I purchaced a Renthal Twinwall Bar with the McGrath bend and that got me back to where I was origionaly. This damper has saved me a few times since installation. I also noticed when riding in Ocala in the deep sand I set the damper four clicks out and whow what a difference. The whole set up was kinda pricey but after a few rides I think it as well worth the investment.
I figure that I will re-open this discussion. I too, am heavily considering a stabilizer, as I am tired of being "pin-balled" from tree to tree in the tight woods and desire more stability at speed in the sand. I'm eyeing the Scotts Damper. Any suggestions, input, words of caution, or recommendations from whom to purchase one from will be greatly appreciated.
I'm a Scotts fan. I've had mine for almost ten years and had zero trouble with it. I even use it on two different bikes. Less than 5 minutes to move from bike to bike. I've changed the oil in it twice over the years, which is easy to do in your garage, for less than $10. When I got mine, Scotts was the only real brand out there, along with GPR. At the time the GPR units didn't have as much tuning capability and had coarser adjustments. Not sure if that's still the case.
I know Fastway has a nice looking, and compact, damper. I don't have any experience with it though.
I really like the "Honda Style" dampers that mount behind the number plate, because they are tucked away and don't complicate your bar mount. Again, don't have any experience with them to know how well they work. Ride Engineering sells these dampers for KTM's
I know that the older GPR V1 stabilizers had a leaking problem, but the newer ones do not have this issue.
GPR stabilizers don't have a 2nd external adjuster dial for the high speed circuit. This is because both the high and low speed dampening are controlled with the single dial. This provides a on the fly adjustment that has a numerical reference. The number of settings and adjustments have been increased/improved. The GPR V4 is their top model, and it is a slim under the bar mount system.
The difference between the Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) and the aftermarket stabilizer units is that the HPSD only works off center. It will not help with headshake or anything from center like the aftermarket units. The HPSD is meant to aid with the cornering of the bike when the bars are turned.
As Barry mentioned, the Scotts stabilizers are a great choice.
Regretfully, I don't know anything about the Fastway stabilizers, but they do look like a nice system.
Finally, IMHO you probably can't go wrong with any of these systems.
Spoke to quite a few members and did some online research on Stabilizers and decided to install a Scotts on my yz125. Hope to get out in the next few weeks to try it out. Install was pretty straight forward even with the Yamaha where you have to drill and tap the frame. Purchased mine from BRP and bought the top triple with rubber bar mounts (not getting any younger) as well. Price I felt was fair and shipping was quick with all items needed to install.