Touratech shocks

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by oz97tj, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    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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  2. M1Tanker

    M1Tanker Adventurer

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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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  3. M1Tanker

    M1Tanker Adventurer

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    I hope I get the images uploaded properly.

    Here is a photo of the bike during the build.

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    Here is the finished bike.

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  4. dylanfan53

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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Looks...exactly like Hyper Pro to me...knobs n all...
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  6. SeeRace

    SeeRace Been here awhile

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    M1,
    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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  7. Twempie

    Twempie Been here awhile

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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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  8. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    Oh, Oh, Oh, My Ohlins.
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  9. everycredit

    everycredit Been here awhile

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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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  10. M1Tanker

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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<o:p></o:p>

    Touratech Suspension *front* shock absorber for BMW R1200GS ADV from 2006 type *Level1* Part Number 01-044-5877-0<o:p></o:p>

    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.<o:p></o:p>
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    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) <o:p></o:p>

    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.<o:p></o:p>

    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.<o:p></o:p>
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  11. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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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:evil.

    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 :rofl 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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  12. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    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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  13. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    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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  14. M1Tanker

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    Loutre,

    I don't have a problem getting my hand around the adjustment knob.

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  15. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Great input!

    Vielen Dank for the pictures! Well this means that I need to call my buddies at Touratech Aachen :lol3
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    Touratech Extreme Rear Shock, BMW R1200GS & Adventure
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    Part Number: 044-5870 $1795

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    Touratech Explore Front Shock, BMW R1200GS & Adventure
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    Part Number: 044-5875. $795


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  17. MANXMAN

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    It would be interesting to have a trusted expert like Dan Kyle explain the differences between the Touratech shocks and the new TTX Ohlins. Dan sells the new TTX Ohlins properly set up for about $500 cheaper than Touratech wants for the ones pictures above. I would like to learn what the extra $500 buys me.

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  18. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    A Touratech Sticker....
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  19. MANXMAN

    MANXMAN Overlander

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    Well as far as stickers go......that's a pretty nice one:lol3

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  20. Spaggy

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    $2600 for shocks?????? That just nuttier than a squirrel turd.
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