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MCN  says:

Poll: Do you really want semi-active suspension?

The new BMW S1000RR HP4 will have technology that automatically adjusts the suspension damping depending on how you're riding. It could mean the end of suspension twiddling, but it'll no doubt cost a fair bit. So do you want it? pollcomment

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  • Posted 3 years ago (08 August 2012 12:31)

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Jun 12

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ghostmikey says:


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Aug 02

Posts: 178

sack1 says:


As always, it's a price/weight/benefit issue. If in typical riding fashion I could not tell the benefit then no. If the benefit was large enough I would then evaluate it on cost and added weight. As with most anything, must try before you buy.

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Feb 09

Posts: 49


I agree this would have to be a try before you buy thing as well as a cost consideration. I'd love to buy the new fireblade for example however I'd not go for the abs option as it's even more money to shell out! On another note, isn't there a somewhat mystical art to fiddling with ones own suspension (easy now!) to obtain our riding preference and - prefered amount of feel? If we're not careful before long all we will be required to do is sit on the bike and point it in the right direction! (Gps will tell the bike where we are and the max mph we can go, distance sensors will assist in speed on motorways etc, etc!)

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May 08

Posts: 234

SHIVA_ says:

It's hard to comment on something I haven't tried

I have never experienced Adaptive or Active Suspension, how could I or anyone else for that matter comment on this silly post. The query should have 3 answer, "yes," "no" and "I have no clue what the hell you're talking about."

I ride a K1300S with ESAII and love the idea of changing the damping on the fly, from soft to tight. But unless I try it I wouldn't be able to comment on Active Suspension. Basically it's another one of those technologies that's coming from the car side.

The suspension is supposed to react to the road. But when the roads are so bad in the US, specially in the Northeast, the suspension will always want to be in the soft mode so I would imagine, hence I would still have to manually or electronically adjust it.

Sounds like a product that will fair well in the most ideal conditions, but will falter in the real world. But then again, maybe not. We can't comment with some intelligence unless we have tried it.

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:

I suppose

over the years we've been asked - "do we really want more than one cylinder?", "Do we really want monoshock / linked suspension?", "do we really want disc brakes?", "do we really want fuel injection?"...... it'll come to all bikes eventually.

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Mar 09

Posts: 52

oily1984 says:

No Thanks

I'm not keen on these gadgets, lets be honest who amongst us really needs this tech? Unless you're monstering around a track I doubt you'll notice the difference. All these things do is push up costs for buying and servicing whilst making even the most simple of maintenance tasks nigh on impossible for the home mechanic.

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Dec 09

Posts: 2494

supermario says:

I would love to try it out

as I'm sure it would be beneficial to the ride quality.

Having said that I still get a lot of satisfaction from getting the allen keys out and trying different settings on my bike, and am always elated when I find one that works well and translates into a fantastic feeling on the bike.

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Feb 10

Posts: 201

wesley01 says:

Id love to try it

It would be great to have the option as real world conditions change in a heart beat, im sure if it was priced sensibly it would be good to see the difference as most find a bikes setup mind boggling.

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Jan 11

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snev says:

This real word.....?

Where exactly is it cuz I sure as hell would like to go there? (cue insults)

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May 08

Posts: 234

SHIVA_ says:

Last place you'd need it is the track

I'd like to know how the override works. 

Are there options for Active, Sport, Normal, Comfort? Meaning can I select the suspension not to be dynamic when I want it to?  Or will it annoy the hell out of us, but constantly wanting to do what it wants to do?

Again, impossible to comment without real world multi-day test.


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