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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2019, 12:51 pm Thread Starter
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Just throwing this out there. Picked up my k12s 2 years ago. Though esa would be the bees knees. Never could notice a difference in ride or handling between settings. Went back to the BMW dealer I bought it from. They took it for a ride and said it's working fine. Question is, just how noticable should it be between settings, and should it be obvious to anyone?
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I have a K1300GT and I can feel the difference in all three settings. Even when I set it for single rider with luggage, I can feel the bike raise up.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2019, 5:19 pm
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+1 I can tell a difference on my K1200S...
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 2019, 7:48 pm
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MY 06 K12R. It can be subtle but the difference can be noted if you change from one to the other, eg whilst riding a tight road quickly. If you're in COMF because you forgot to switch to SPORT you'll notice the bike wallow a lot. If you switch to SPORT it'll feel more planted....and vice versa. A highway ride in SPORT will feel stiffer and the difference should be noticeable especially when going over undulations.
I use NORM mostly, esp commuting, but out of town it's depends on the road.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 2019, 9:30 pm Thread Starter
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Thank people. I'm gonna look into it once the snow melts. Now let's all hope for quick melt.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2019, 12:01 am
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Make sure your on one helmet only. It can be subtle. If you stand on your feet bike running go between the settings and see if you get a lift of the seat when you switch to two helmets and bags. Should rise 20mm or so.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2019, 6:09 pm
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I always felt a difference, even when it was brand new. It needed time to break in and 'soften up'. The original feel was harsh, harsher and really really stiff. After a couple thousand miles it got to where Comfort was soft on a non-bumpy road, Normal was not bad, and Sport was just stiff. But I could always feel a difference.

That is solo with it set on 1 helmet. I weight about 210 without gear.

With a passenger (and set to two helmets) the difference is even more striking, and all the settings tend to feel too soft/underdamped.
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