I’ve just had my bike in for MOT test (UK) and the tester has advised me that my front end is bouncy.
The bike is an immaculate 2008 K1200s with 23K miles on it. The Bike seems to ride fine to me however I can see the front knuckle dancing around a bit when on bumpy roads.
There are no leaks and no faults on the dash. The ESA cycles through all modes no problem.
Should I be worried? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Dear Honda man,
Kudos for keeping your bike well maintained, as now it's time for suspension quagmire....
I have the same ride without the ESA, as I'm sure you will be sticker shocked at the cost of replacing the front and/or rear units
All shocks are typically produced by the lowest bidder. Our beemers are no exception....
All shocks have a shelf life and all require time before overhaul (if serviceable) or time until end of service life.
Many folks have switched over to Wilbers and are able to interface BMW with relative ease and a 1 time dealer visit to flash bias.
If you should choose this path, then your shocks can be ordered with custom springs and calving for your rider weights, cargo, and particular riding map.
Be advised, you will devalue any bike by installing non ESA shocks in an ESA bike.
Choose wisely, and get the ride back you deserve on this wonderful German Bike.