Originally Posted by SylvainB
I'm sure the Ohlin set up is a very good option, but considering the bike is a 2008gt, what do you do with the 3 years unlimited miles from the BMW warranty? Did you try to have the ESA replaced by the dealer before choosing the Ohlin?
Thanks for the info
Hi well, here are the updates, I have been traveling a bit so I have yet to be home to post up the pics
I will answer the posts in order
I a 6' 4' tall 265 and I ride solo with a fairly loaded bike for touring. I am in the process of installing a custom 2.5 gallon fuel cell (gravity fed over the back seat with a luggage rack)
My bike is set up for longer distance type events
I just heard from my dealer last week(regular phone calls from me) that after detailed examination BMW will be replacing my ESA shocks with new ones. The time delay from my dealer is typical of what I have come to expect. Since this the second set of BMW OEM shocks (albeit on different models) that I have toasted is the same distance why bother putting a new set on.
I will put them away to sell with the MC, There is no pint blowing up another pair in a year especially now that my GT is handling significantly better.
If you have never ridden a custom suspension MC dialed in to your weight and loads you are truly missing something. There is no comparison.
Now I don't scrape my boot sides on corners until I have significant (not reasonable for the street lean angles) the MC handles bad road surfaces with aplomb, it tracks well and it just a joy to ride.
I tend to ride my MC's significantly farther than the average rider so I just wear out cheap OEM parts sooner. All of our M's have custom suspension built but Ohlins tech and not bought through a dealership. They just do not have the staff on hand to do a good job and your bike will handle so much better with any new suspension that they can get away with a mediocre job and you can't tell because it is all smiles and giggles anyways because your bike was handling so poorly the last time you rode it
The relatively fast degradation of OEM Suspension helps sell inexperienced non suspension savvy riders new bikes when they don't need them. Most riders when they by a new MC can't believe how much better it handles - in many cases spending 3K on a new set of Ohlins and a new set of tires would be money better spent on their old MC