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Old 12-31-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Touratech shocks

I looked but didn't find anything already so I thought I'd make a post.

I found on Facebook some info about new Touratech shocks. Anyone have any further info? Seems like a nice package.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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I looked at a number of suspension systems: Öhlins, Hyperpro, Wilbers, WP, Elka, Penske, Race Tech, Touratech by Tractive, etc. In the end I went with Touratech by Tractive because the costs among the higher end suspension systems are fairly close and more importantly I live very close to Touratech Mitte Zweirad Norton (http://zweiradnorton.de/).

I had the suspension system installed in the middle of November.

I have only ridden the bike several times through the Spessarts but there is a noticeable improvement over the stock suspension.

I'm satisfied so far.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:31 AM   #3
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I hope I get the images uploaded properly.

Here is a photo of the bike during the build.



Here is the finished bike.

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:22 AM   #4
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Here is the finished bike.

thank you for the input. I'm planning on getting one of these for my F800GS. I saw their suspensions at the Intermot last october and I found the knob quiet difficult to handle (too far inside and too small especially with gloves). Had any problems concerning that said knob?
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:01 AM   #5
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Are you referring to these gorgeous bits?

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...MW-Motorcycles
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #6
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Looks...exactly like Hyper Pro to me...knobs n all...
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #7
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Did you get the extreme version or the expedition? I am in the decision stage for shocks for my GSA also. Did you have them set up for a loaded bike. I have hyper pros currently on my 06 GS and happy with them so far but curious about the touratechs.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #8
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FWIW Helge Pedersen has them on his GS Adventure for his latest trip to South America. Non ESA.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #10
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Unless you're getting a significant deal or someone is holding a gun to your head, go with Ohlins. I think they've pretty much proven themselves.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:26 AM   #11
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The following was installed:

Touratech Suspension *rear* shock absorber for BMW R1200GS ADV from 2006 type *Extreme* Part Number 01-044-5872-0

Touratech Suspension *front* shock absorber for BMW R1200GS ADV from 2006 type *Level1* Part Number 01-044-5877-0

The initial setup is one up with side cases. I will need to ride more and then assess whether or not adjustments need to be made.


Zweirad Norton previously sold Hyperpros, which are also highly regarded. Touratech’s suspension is manufactured by Tractive Suspension which is a separate company from Hyperpro. Both are based in the Netherlands. The folks at Tractive are former WP Suspension employees (http://www.tractivesuspension.com/about_tractive_suspension.html)

I did go to Touratech’s main headquarters in Niedereschach and spoke to one of their technical experts and if memory serves me correctly he did state that the reservoir is out of steel. There is more information at the following link: http://www.touratech.de/nc/en/singleview/archive/2012/september/select_category/86/article/touratech-suspension-the-all-in-package-for-perfect-riding-fun/192.html.

I’ve found the people at Touratech’s main headquarters and Touratech Mitte very helpful. If one has a question just give them a call or call Tractive.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:01 AM   #12
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Hopefully this will not constitute too much of an hijack,

I was about to make a post re. shocks and saw this one so here goes, my apologies to the OP.

GSA with ESA 2008 with approx 42000 Miles. Mostly ridden 1 up as my main mean of transportation, however long miles are ridden 2 up loaded for Camping, with some miles on gravel/log roads.

Just came back from Baja and did some fairly nasty bits (for both my skill level and the load of the bike), as far as I know the bike handled fine, but honestly I would not know any better.

We are planning a 7 months trip to S.A. leaving in October with the intent of doing some "off-road" as it presents itself, including a fair stretch on Ruta 40, and whatever else the adventure brings to our step. All this to say that I don't quite know what to do about the shocks, I have read a fair bit about the popular options Ohlins, Wilb, Hyper, Toura, and I tend to lean towards the Hyper pros, I think I can figure out on my own which I will pick, but do I need it?

My question is should I really consider the upgrade, is it just common sense considering the current mileage and what we intend to do in 10 months, am I going to be sorry somewhere in Bolivia that I did not do this when I had the chance. Or are we going to be just fine with the OEM and instead use that money to cover most of my gas, and a couple of offshore fishing trips?
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:34 AM   #13
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GSA with ESA 2008 with approx 42000 Miles.
With this mileage, it's a pretty certain bet that your OEM shocks are worn out.

Ohlins have been my choice for many bikes for many years, and as I scan down the list of features of the new Tractive products, I can't see any salient differences. Not sure on things like shaft diameter or range of adjustment, all I can say is that a short conversation with the Ohlins people will get you a set of shock sprung to your specifications... and spring weight is probably the most important issue in setting up a high-quality shock.

fwiw, I can get satisfactory performance from my Ohlins whether riding one-up, one-up with gear, two-up and two-up with gear. 100K miles on the shocks, two rebuilds and they're still working like new.


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My question is should I really consider the upgrade, is it just common sense considering the current mileage and what we intend to do in 10 months, am I going to be sorry somewhere in Bolivia that I did not do this when I had the chance. Or are we going to be just fine with the OEM and instead use that money to cover most of my gas, and a couple of offshore fishing trips?[/QUOTE]

Heldge Pederson says on the Touratech (or maybe GlobeRiders) website that his shocks have failed on every trip. He does not say what shocks he has used or if they were stock in every case. That is with a single rider fully loaded I believe. His latest trip started this week. It will interesting to see his review on this trip with the Touratech shocks.

I changed the shocks on my 2006 GS bike after 12,000 miles to HyperPros and it transformed the bike. I would definitely think about changing your shocks before making a trip like you are planning. For peace of mind if nothing else.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:41 AM   #15
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My question is should I really consider the upgrade, is it just common sense considering the current mileage and what we intend to do in 10 months, am I going to be sorry somewhere in Bolivia that I did not do this when I had the chance. Or are we going to be just fine with the OEM and instead use that money to cover most of my gas, and a couple of offshore fishing trips?
Heldge Pederson says on the Touratech (or maybe GlobeRiders) website that his shocks have failed on every trip. He does not say what shocks he has used or if they were stock in every case. That is with a single rider fully loaded I believe. His latest trip started this week. It will interesting to see his review on this trip with the Touratech shocks.

I changed the shocks on my 2006 GS bike after 12,000 miles to HyperPros and it transformed the bike. I would definitely think about changing your shocks before making a trip like you are planning. For peace of mind if nothing else.
I think he always started with the stock suspensions. Can't imagine a pair of ohlins failing on the road. And since he's sponsored I think he's exaggerating the "always failed" part.

Considering the price I don't think they are overpriced here in europe.
The wilbers 640 is 700€
The ohlins premium is 850€
The TT level 2 is 750€
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