Matris - front suspension kit 800gs

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by kugi, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. kugi

    kugi n00b

    May 8, 2012

    This is my first post on this forum, I would like to say "Hello!" for everyone.
    I'm 800gs '11 owner and I thinks about some improvements.

    After some offroad ventures, I thinks about suspension improvement, especially about front suspension modifications.

    I know that we have many treads about front suspension, but I would like to focus on the Matris kit.
    We discussed about Ohlins kit, about Bitubo kit, other but nothing about Matris kit.

    For people don't know this Italian brand:
    Kit for 800gs: F 800 GS.pdf

    From my short review:
    + cheaper than Ohlins
    + full adjustable
    + compatible with standard BMW springs
    + look good ;-)

    - more expensive than Bitubo kit
    - reduce travel 5mm (native 230mm, with kit 225mm) - info base on the product manual
    - I can't find out users feedback

    If you have any experiences with this product, I will be grateful.

    Thanks in advance for you feedback.
  2. grandru

    grandru Adventurer

    Mar 7, 2009

    I have them and I am really happy with them,
    first I had progressiv wilbers into the front,
    that was better than stock but not like I wanted it,
    Ohlins to expencive, Bitubo many problems,
    so Matrix dit the thing.

    But now I have seen new Nuda and I wonder if the size off the forks is the same as the f800,
    they are showa's and maybe cheaper.
  3. casperghst42

    casperghst42 Been here awhile

    Jan 21, 2008
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands (in exile)
    The 900R is using 48mm Sachs (

    Still interesting.... if they have enough travel.

  4. Fearless Whetu

    Fearless Whetu Aussie Kiwi

    Jul 24, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Just to revive this thread….

    I am looking into the Matris cartridges as well. Does anyone have any up to date experience with these ? I hear they reduce the travel by 5mm still, does this matter ?

    I am an experienced rider but not a suspension expert and I'd appreciate any feedback from guys or gals running this setup :thumb
  5. Fearless Whetu

    Fearless Whetu Aussie Kiwi

    Jul 24, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    So an update as it doesn't seem many people have this.

    I have been quoted $1600.00 installed (I remove forks) by Izzy at Suspensions R Us in Melbourne. He has been very helpful and I will most likely save up the cash and go for it.

    I'll post a review once its done !
  6. Christof

    Christof Adventurer

    Apr 22, 2014
    Antalya, Turkey
    Sorry for the late reply. I installed the Matris cartridges a year ago on my 2013 F8. Also did the rear shock with a Matris unit. Here are my reactions-
    I don't miss the 5mm of travel. In fact I didn't know this was a thing.
    The forks don't bottom out like they used to on rough Turkish back roads. Or on speed bumps for that matter.
    The damping is much more controlled. Even though the forks are stiffer, the result is a softer ride. Combined with the new rear shock, I'd describe the ride (compared to the way it was), as plush, yet controlled and glued to the road. These components totally changed the bike and I think that when it's setup like this, it's the best adv and the best all-rounder on the market.

    It's too bad BMW doesn't outfit it with this type of suspension as standard. (Another 10 or 15 horses wouldn't be wasted either.)

    I paid 1584 euros for both front and rear and did the installation myself. The rear is easy.
    The hardest part of the forks was compressing the spring and getting the caps on.
    Carpimoto sells the fork cartridge kit including the oil for 636.00€, which is 955A$. Add something for shipping. So 600 Aussie dollars seems a bit much if you are removing the forks for him. For an experienced mechanic with the right tools, it's like two hours work.

    Matris Carpimoto

    There's a great video on Youtube of a guy installing some Bitubo cartridges on an F8. It was a great help to me.