Originally Posted by hillbillypolack
Saw that bike when it was listed in FM. Does it have the ESA? If so, with the Ohlins swap, is it the Ohlins ESA, or traditional shocks? Just curious.
No, Ohlins shocks are standard replacement shocks not ESA. I still have the stock ESA system in storage for future use. Riding GS's this weekend with a friend - his with stock ESA and mine with regular Ohlins - on a variety of surfaces at medium and high speeds, I can honestly say that I prefer the non-ESA Ohlins on all surfaces. The now compliant yet controlled suspension feels soooooo in contact with the road such that faster paces are significantly easier (i.e., feels less hectic). Plus, I've owned several 12GS models over the years and this bike is vastly improved in handling and capability IMHO. Hope this helps,