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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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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:


The warranty / longevity thing is worrying and I can see the appeal of keeping things simple. I don't worry about ABS, ESP, electric windows, central locking, ECU's, fuel injection and Cat' converters.......on my VW Beetle - it just keeps going....slowly...

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Aug 02

Posts: 2737

spondonste says:

Electronic suspension

All this sytem is likely to do is adjust the compression and rebound damping (possibly whilst your still riding the bike. If it was to fail it will just leave the damping set to whatever it wasset too when it stopped working). The spring rate and pre-load also has an effect depending on how you want to ride so it will always be a slightly compromised system).

I can understand how it could work in principal and it should be a fairly easy system to create but it's likely to be an open system (ie no feedback loop) and won't stop the suspension from wearing out after about 10,000-15,000 miles. It will mean you've not got to bend down and get the spanners out to alter the suspension and might allow for alterations to the suspension whilst riding. It's almost certainly useful on the track.


For the road it might be useful but it comes down to a cost/benefit ratio and often accountants overjudge what people are prepared to pay for such a system.

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Nov 07

Posts: 180

bird1050 says:


No just more things to go wrong and cost a fortune when the waranty expires.

Get rid of all the electronic gizmo's any mong can ride a bike with all the electronic aids on them

Its quite simple the right hand will stop it wheeleing or tank slapping etc etc .

Just look at BSB best racing for years DO NOT NEED THEM

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Sep 08

Posts: 12

Fat_Tony says:

Of course you don't NEED active suspension

But you do WANT it

Moar, moar, moar !!

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Nov 11

Posts: 203

jimbo8098 says:

Another thing to fail

No, Id rather have pair of panniers or a sump plate and crash bars as opposed to a system that is able to fail. Thankfully , most bikes do run diagnostics before you can even start the bike for exactly this but if the system were to fail during riding then you could have a bumpy ride home or get chucked off.


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Sep 10

Posts: 833

CBR11X says:

Jimbo +1 about an extra thing that can fail.

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