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Old 04-30-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Anybody here fitted a new Touratech shock on the old 800gs or even seen test results? Wonder how it compares to the Ohlins and the Wilbers
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:56 AM   #2
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Do you mean the new extreme shock?
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:26 AM   #3
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I think the Ohlins shouldn't be compared to any of the fully adjustables on the market.

Just because it has the gold fancy word on it, doesn't mean it's good.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:19 PM   #4
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Anybody here fitted a new Touratech shock on the old 800gs or even seen test results? Wonder how it compares to the Ohlins and the Wilbers
Which models are you speaking of? Explore, explore hp, expedition, or extreme. I have tested every model on the F800's.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #5
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Which models are you speaking of? Explore, explore hp, expedition, or extreme. I have tested every model on the F800's.
Can you tell us a little about the extreme ? Is it awesome ?

Did you adjust it's length at all ?
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:37 AM   #6
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Which models are you speaking of? Explore, explore hp, expedition, or extreme. I have tested every model on the F800's.
Could you give a quick review on the LVL 2 please? That's the one I'm considering and the only thing I read about is on the Touratech page so nothing real life, impartial etc.

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Old 05-02-2013, 05:10 AM   #7
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+1 on the extreme. Also, if you have any info on the HPe.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #8
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:25 PM   #9
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Can you tell us a little about the extreme ? Is it awesome ?

Did you adjust it's length at all ?
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The extreme shock is top shelf! If you are the type of rider who rides aggressively, or fully loaded off-road this is the shock for you. The ability to have bottoming control with this unit is in line with the bottoming circuit found on the KTM Adventures and smaller bikes. It is a bit different by design but essentially works in the same manner. I did have some time to play with the adjustable ride height future which is nice to have as you can truly customize the shock per the rider without and significant modifications! I was truly impressed with my testing session with the extreme unit.
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Could you give a quick review on the LVL 2 please? That's the one I'm considering and the only thing I read about is on the Touratech page so nothing real life, impartial etc.

Cheers,

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Tom,
The level 2 shock or expedition unit is another quality rear shock. It obviously lacks the PDS bottoming circuit which can be added at a later date if you desired. Having the adjustable high and low speed compression adjustments really allows the rider to fine tune the unit. This really helps when riding fully loaded vs. not or carrying a pillion or not. These unit's (extreme and expedition) share everything the same minus the PDS.
Is there anything I can answer specifically?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:04 AM   #11
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Tom,
The level 2 shock or expedition unit is another quality rear shock. It obviously lacks the PDS bottoming circuit which can be added at a later date if you desired. Having the adjustable high and low speed compression adjustments really allows the rider to fine tune the unit. This really helps when riding fully loaded vs. not or carrying a pillion or not. These unit's (extreme and expedition) share everything the same minus the PDS.
Is there anything I can answer specifically?
Ah great thanks, so several things:

How exactly is the RDS added to the shock?
My main concern is that the lvl2 won't erase the wobbling rodeo of mixted pavement on the street and could bottom out when loaded offroad.
Since I've never owned a bike with high and low speed compression adjustments on shocks I'm afraid that I won't be able to appreciate the real quality of the shock and that I won't be able to adjust it how it's supposed to be. That's why I am considering the lvl2 shock that is basicly as easy to adjust as stock.
Now that I have some hyperpro progressive springs I feel that the back isn't stiff enough to cope with harder cornering and when adjusting the back every wobble on the street goes right back in my spine.

So please tell me Shock Guru what is the solution for me
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The PDS unit is added internally, something that can be done while you are having the unit serviced. The wobbling you have is probobaly caused due to a overloaded bike (rider weight or pillion, luggage). How much do you weigh, carry, etc.?
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The PDS unit is added internally, something that can be done while you are having the unit serviced. The wobbling you have is probobaly caused due to a overloaded bike (rider weight or pillion, luggage). How much do you weigh, carry, etc.?
That's what I thought at first but I'm a light wait: 69kg + 10 with my gear and an extra 30 for luggage so that's about 120kg top max I'd say 265 lbs. A lot of inmates weight that without any luggage... but I think that it's too soft anyway
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #14
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Touratech (Tractive) Extreme

I have been riding Extreme almost year now (summer and winter). I think I haven't got the best out of it yet because the change was so big that I have to learn to ride again and find the adjustment "maps" for different riding styles and payloads. I'm not fully skilled enduro rider, but I ride quite hard this bike, bad roads, trails, minor jumps and so on and this shock just works - even when adjusted wrong (and believe me, I have done that many times).

I was in a close debate with the manufacturer while back and they explained they testing process. It is pretty heavy for the shock. So I think durability should be very, very good. This seems to be not the case with other brands.

The one thing that I have noticed is the instructions manual and its default settings. This shock is made for about 90...100 kg rider but the default preload values (clicks) don't match for that. I have to take once more a closer look on this to be sure, but at least mine doesn't give proper sag with those. I'm about to report this back to Touratech and Tractive ones I'm sure.

And, by the way, the hydraulic preload adjuster doesn't have any external hoses and adjusters so no breakable parts there. And the preload adjuster has about 5 mm more travel than others have .
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I have been riding Extreme almost year now (summer and winter). I think I haven't got the best out of it yet because the change was so big that I have to learn to ride again and find the adjustment "maps" for different riding styles and payloads. I'm not fully skilled enduro rider, but I ride quite hard this bike, bad roads, trails, minor jumps and so on and this shock just works - even when adjusted wrong (and believe me, I have done that many times).

I was in a close debate with the manufacturer while back and they explained they testing process. It is pretty heavy for the shock. So I think durability should be very, very good. This seems to be not the case with other brands.

The one thing that I have noticed is the instructions manual and its default settings. This shock is made for about 90...100 kg rider but the default preload values (clicks) don't match for that. I have to take once more a closer look on this to be sure, but at least mine doesn't give proper sag with those. I'm about to report this back to Touratech and Tractive ones I'm sure.

And, by the way, the hydraulic preload adjuster doesn't have any external hoses and adjusters so no breakable parts there. And the preload adjuster has about 5 mm more travel than others have .

Wow that's a great report. Thanks. It seems like this shock really is the best shock available for the f800gs.

Did you play around with the ride height adjustment?
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