BMW Motorrad is known for offering savvy electronics on bikes across its lineup, from the S1000RR to the R1200GS. The most notable is ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), which allows for on-the-fly suspension changes.
ESA is offered on 2013 and newer BMW F800GS adventure motorcycles, and a rider can choose three modes that adjusts damping settings on the rear shock – Comfort, Normal and Sport.
Though advanced, Touratech says it has some shortcomings: “damping is set-up for a relatively lightweight rider who travels without luggage, and the unit is not serviceable. Material and design compromises made in order to hit a price point on the OEM unit result in a shock that will wear out or blow seals, long before the rest of the bike gets tired and it must be replaced.”
Touratech now has the solution with its Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade Shock, which is a direct rear-shock replacement that plugs into the BMW F800GS ESA system so the ride-mode buttons on the left handlebar are usable. The Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade Shock is also 100-percent serviceable.
“These shocks come out of the box in line with what an adventure bike really needs,” says Alex Martens, President of Konflict Motorsports & Suspension, who developed the shock for Touratech.
The Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade shock also includes bottoming prevention that works like a hydraulic pillow at the end of the stroke. There are other after-market solutions that will add some new parts and pieces to the OEM shock electronics, but the Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade is the only solution that offers a completely new shock with integrated electronic hardware as one package, Touratech says.
The Touratech BMW F800GS/A Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade Shock is available for $1,695; for additional information, visit Touratech.