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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2009, 1:07 pm Thread Starter
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Esa K1300gt

I have about 2500 km on the new bike but I can't seem to feel much change in the suspension with the various ESA settings.

I'm 210 pounds with a 100 pound wife and have tested the "normal" "sport" and "comfort" settings with the "one up" and "two up" settings on smooth and rough roads but can't really feel much difference. On "comfort" "two up" some longer dips in the toad felt "spongier" when we rode out of them.

Am I expecting to much?

What's been your experience?
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Esa on the K13

I noticed that the difference between the Sport and the Comfort setting is much bigger on the K12 than on the K13. While riding the first miles with the K13 I was thinking that the Esa did not work. Then whilst paying more attention to it, I noticed that the Comfort setting on the K13 is somewhat harder than on the K12.

One of the specs of the K13 is a better front wheel feel than on the previous model. I guess that a smart (and cost efficient) BMW engineer figured out that all it takes to achieve this feature is to harden the comfort setting

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I had ESA I on my RT and it was pretty good. I jump on the GT w/ESA II and I am close to a personal moment. The difference is striking, the levels are more discernable and the way the bike is actually suspended makes it feel like a single piece of billet. I ride alone with the suspension set at one plus luggage - comfort. When riding quickly I put it in normal. Sport would definately be for that. The main difference between version 1 and 2 is the feedback, no matter what the magazines say. I weigh 205. And at the setting I have with the roads I ride on the suspension perfectly dampens everything with full feedback.

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I have about 2500 km on the new bike but I can't seem to feel much change in the suspension with the various ESA settings.

I'm 210 pounds with a 100 pound wife and have tested the "normal" "sport" and "comfort" settings with the "one up" and "two up" settings on smooth and rough roads but can't really feel much difference. On "comfort" "two up" some longer dips in the toad felt "spongier" when we rode out of them.

Am I expecting to much?

What's been your experience?
Until I set the system to 2-up, the bike felt very spongey with my wife and our stuff on the bike going to the rally in Tennessee recently.

When riding alone, it did not feel that way at all to me.

Set on 2-up, the suspension seems properly set to handle the additional weight and it does not drop as much with both of us on the bike. This is good, but it causes me to be more "on my toes" with the reduced sag. I may need to drop the seat back down to the low position.

Bottom line - it seems to work just fine for us.

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Does this help as an answer ?
Yes, thanks. I was thinking that I should feel a very noticeable change in setting but, obviously, I should take some time to see what the best settings combinations will work for me under different conditions (1 up, 2 up ect,)

Probably a stupid question but; with ESA I shouldn't have to make any initial, manual, preload setting should I? It mentioned something about this "important" adjustment but was not clear if it was for a non-ESA bike. I don't have my manuel handy.
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The ESA system doesn't need the preload, etc. set. That is all handled by the ESA.

I'm surprised you don't experience much difference in Comfort vs. Normal vs. Sport. I easily notice the change in spring rates and damping. On mine, you need pretty good roads for Sport unless you want to be very careful about avoiding lumps & bumps. Comfort is a little underdamped, but appreciated on some but not all busy surfaces. Normal is good most of the time.

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