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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 2009, 5:44 pm Thread Starter
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I just returned form a 14 day trip to Northern New England and the roads are in horrible condition. My back really took a beating , especially riding with no luggage and the ESA set for solo rider. I an 5'10" and 145 pounds and I imagine that the suspension is designed for an "average" rider weighing somewhere around 175-180 pounds. Does anyone have experience with replacing the stock suspension with Ohlins and eliminating the ESA. I am reluctant to do this as I do like the capability of suspension adjustment on the fly.
Another alternative may be to change the springs. Does anyone have any experience with that option?

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Might look at Works Performance Shocks too. They show the current GT2 (06+) on their site (page 3 of the BMW PDF) and offer some sort of rebuild for the ESA unit too. In their FAQs, they list spring change-outs from $80-$100. I had their dual-rate sprung shocks on my RT and they worked out well and were rebuildable as well.


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Thank you for the tip on Works Performance Shocks. I am waiting to hear from them.

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and offer some sort of rebuild for the ESA unit too.
They don't actually rebuild the OEM stocks but install the ESA hardware on their own units, as in http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showpo...00&postcount=1
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I do know that Works makes the ESA system for BMW, so they're pretty good at that sort of thing.

I believe they can replace the factory shocks with their units. They take some of the bits off you old shocks so you retain the on-the-fly damping, but the preload settings are manual (no more button adjustments there, even when stopped).

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Thank you for the tip on Works Performance Shocks. I am waiting to hear from them.
Let us know what you find out. With 90K on my GT, it's in need of some new shocks . . .

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Hey Ken
I was convinced that my suspension was about done (as per the suggestion from all aftermarket suppliers that stock suspension is only good for 30 - 40K) on my 07 at 90,000 miles & I was shopping for something else to replace it, probably from Works as the only available system that offers any compatability with the ESA system.
When I started riding my new bike, it didn't really feel a lot different.
I even went to the dealer to ask about the possibility of the new bike being faulty or maybe the old bike just wasn't as bad as everybody was suggesting.
He suggested that the old bike likely wasn't as bad as everybody was suggesting.

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Oh, I'm still riding the old shocks, but I'm noticing a lot more wallowing in corners. Not enough to be dangerous, but enough to get my attention when pushing hard. So it's not desperate, but it is something I'm thinking about.

But at the list price for factory ESA shocks, it's almost cheaper to just trade up to a K13.

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I do know that Works makes the ESA system for BMW, so they're pretty good at that sort of thing.
Works (as in Works Performance) does not make the ESA system for BMW, but rather another company called WP Suspension (based in Europe.) Because of the common set of initials the two are frequently confused.
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Works (as in Works Performance) does not make the ESA system for BMW, but rather another company called WP Suspension (based in Europe.) Because of the common set of initials the two are frequently confused.
Ah, thanks for the clarification. I still think that Works can supply replacement shocks that retain the on-the-fly damping. No idea on cost yet, but I imagine someone will chase it down soon enough.

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I still think that Works can supply replacement shocks that retain the on-the-fly damping. No idea on cost yet, but I imagine someone will chase it down soon enough.
Yes, they do, another thing that adds to the confustion between them and WP. The pricing has been released per the link in my earlier post.
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