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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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Jul 08

Posts: 134

kennygorrie says:

Well well

Dosnt that HP4 just give u a semi, the out going version is so good its just hard to believe it can get better. I welcome all these tech updates.traction control and race abs is just the muts nuts, In 20 years time this will all be old hat

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Sep 07

Posts: 2812

James600zx says:

"In 20 years time this will all be old hat ."

My worry would be that in 5 years time it'll be broken. Simplicity is appealing. Having said that, I'd like to try active suspension. The wealthy types who can ditch the bike before the first MOT won't worry though.

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May 08

Posts: 213

SHIVA_ says:

ESA quite expensive to replace so will be the

ESA is quite expensive to replace, I am sure Active Suspension will be even pricier.  I doubt that this will be the new norm with other brands.  if it proves worthwhile, like the ESA did, then maybe Ducati pick up on it.  But if it proves a simple waste of technology in actual real world use, it won't go anywhere. 

it will certainly never show it's way on Japanese bikes.  BMW introduced the ESA (electronic suspension) in 2004, after 6 years Duc picked it up.  I doubt any other brand (besides Duc) would be eager to jump on this dynamic suspension anytime soon.

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Jan 04

Posts: 150

venturer says:

no question

no question, I want it. but only if it's as good as I think it could be, does it adjust for temperature as well.

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Nov 08

Posts: 879


not ever!

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Nov 09

Posts: 154

kwackanacki says:

The good old days

Yes, It will be just like anti-dive front forks - blanking plates anyone! - need to be 40 to understand this!

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Jan 11

Posts: 296

yzrm1 says:


if 1 bike needs all the electronics ist the duc. if it had no electronics you could not ride that bike. maybe the poll should be: do you realy want to ride a ducati with the 122 electronic changes you can make? ducati could only build the 1199 because of the massive electronic gadgets. the thing could not ride without it!!!

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Sep 09

Posts: 880

Rogerborg says:

Given that BMW's quality has gone to shit

I pity the fool who buys one out of warranty.

Well, I'm sure we'll all get to enjoy it eventually when BMW decide to buy some more MEPs and have it mandated by Brussels, like they've just done with ABS and spy chips.

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Aug 09

Posts: 2712

MarcusMarsh says:

Semi-active suspension

The poll is irrelevant as it suggests a straighth yes or no choice.  Like all other technology, this is not an all or nothing option.  It will be applied to bikes where appropriate or the customer selects it if available.  On other machines it will not be wanted or needed.    

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Feb 10

Posts: 379


Active suspension hype

As always, something NEW comes onto the market and has people salivating into their cornflakes. `Ohh,gotta have it to brag to me mates down't pub like'. Wonder if it starts playing up the people who bought it start crying into their cornflakes? Whatever happened to riding a motorcycle and enjoying the experience,without worrying about microchips,active this that or t'other?

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