RalleMoto I or RM2 - Scotts damper?

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  1. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    Dunno. I was going with the RM1 but now see the RM2 is out there for a bit less and with a potentially better feature plus it mounts under the bars. OK... then you look at what Scott is offering now that one sounds good too.

    I am looking for ease of install and ease of adjusting as I am tool-time geek and need simple attachment. I have basic skills that so far seem to be working ok.

    Pros of one over the other? Pipe in if you can edumucate me on steering dampers if you can. Gotta do this in the spring.

    Thanks!
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  2. OZZY-GS

    OZZY-GS Been here awhile

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    I can't say what the scotts is like as I have never had one but I hear good things.
    I have just installed a RM2 yesterday and went for a 300 klm ride today on dirt, rocks some bitumen but no sand. Excellent thats all I can say.
    Big improvement thats for sure.
    Also easy install, took me about 1 1/2 hours including 2 beers.:1drink
    Hope this helps.
    Good luck with your decision, any way I think you cant go wrong.
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  3. lmclamore

    lmclamore Citation Collector

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    But the RM-1 comes in black.
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  4. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    Yes it comes in black and white which matches the bike.
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  5. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    I think the gold matches quite well with my yellow F8 :evil

    Also people notice it and are drawn to it saying things like "oooo shiny" and drooling.
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  6. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    Get a scotts and get it done.. Proven reliable history. Just my two cents worth. All the kits will take the same time to install.
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  7. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    +1 I'll be getting a Scotts when tax return day comes. Proven history, reliability, customer service, and more Dakar and Baja wins than any other!
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  8. Motorrad-Carlsbad

    Motorrad-Carlsbad motorrad-carlsbad

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    I've only had experience with one type (the RM), but the one I have performed as anticipated. It went from the Atlantic coast of South Carolina to the Pacific coast of Oregon, and then down to Orange County CA, non-stop without any problems. We had two units, each intalled on a F8GS. All was good.
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  9. klarue

    klarue Been here awhile

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    I am also a ham-fisted tool-time kinda mechanic. The Scott's installed easily enough. In my on-road testing I don't even know it's there until I hit a wicked pothole (definitely minimizes danger).

    Definitely felt more confident on the jeep trails with rocks last weekend, but was hard-pressed to notice the diff in the sand - I still felt uncomfortable but that's probably just pilot "under-sophistication." i think either one is a solid choice.
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  10. SocalRob

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    If you are in SoCal, ride up to Scott's in Montrose to pick it up. You can then swing by Angeles Crest Hwy (via Big Tujunga Cyn Rd these days) for a nice canyon ride.

    I put a Scott's on my 1200 over RM only because I live right near Scott's Performance. They are a great little dirt bike shop. Don't think you could lose with either Scott's or RM.
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  11. rockinrog

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    I am curious if you changed to a different setting when you got to the sand? I am guessing deep sand would need a stiffer setting than you would be using normally.
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  12. SocalRob

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    I've cranked up the stiffness when in soft sand or high gusty winds on the highway with very good results. Feels like it takes 200lbs off the bike in the sand, rock solid stability on the pavement. Would think 800 results would be equal.
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  13. lmclamore

    lmclamore Citation Collector

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    One of the featires of the Ralle Moto 1 is the 3 position terrain selector.

    "M" otocross
    "D" esert
    "C" ross-country

    I have to admit that I need simplicity in my features. This was a "good" thing and I do not believe more choice is an improvement, especially on a motorcycle. There's too much shit to monitor that isn't the road in front of you already.
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  14. eddyturn

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    Thanks everyone for your responses. Still thinking on this one and it's snowing again anyway.
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  15. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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    Time to dig up an old dead thread!

    Anyone have anything else to add?
    I love the look and the design of the RM but i know the reliability of Scotts.

    Has anyone put a Scotts damper on a RM mount?
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  16. sturgeon

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    You might also consider GPR. I've got a Scott's on my F800GS, and it's probably saved my arse a couple of times. I put a GPR on my WR250R and I like it as much as or more than the Scott's.
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  17. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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    I couldnt find a GPR that fit the 800
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  18. lmclamore

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    My RM-1 is still going strong. Added about 10,000 miles since my last post on this thread. Plenty of adjustment, no issues. Daily commutes, 2500 mile overloaded trip, plenty of varied terrain.
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  19. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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    Any seal replacing or leakage? anything you dont like about it?
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  20. lmclamore

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    No leaks or seepage....but that is because I bought a rebuild kit for my shelf. My critique would be that there is a huge difference between the 6 and 7 setting on my unit. If I go to 7 while underway and forget I'm there...exit the terrain or slow down...it is really hard to steer which gave me some close calls. I have now successfully learned to lower to 6 BEFORE I need the maneuverability.
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