Touratech Suspension can provide discerning motorcyclists with the perfect suspension for their machine, from high-quality replacement shock absorbers, over specialised spring elements for adventure bikes and classic shock absorbers for heritage bikes, through to electronic suspensions.
Dedicated do-it-yourselfers know this just as well as professional customisers: tuning the suspension is almost always the first step towards a long-term optimisation and individualisation of a motorcycle. And there are plenty of reasons for replacing spring elements. For example, the original parts may be worn out, or the rider may want additional adjustment options. Very often, however, it is also a matter of adapting the suspension of your machine to perfectly match your own needs. No matter what your personal motivation for suspension optimisation - Touratech Suspension has the right components.
E1 - the introduction to the world of Touratech Suspension
With the completely new E1 product range, Touratech Suspension offers the perfect introduction to professional suspension optimisation - and this for an incredibly wide range of motorcycles. Cutting-edge street bikes and enduros are catered for as well as the evergreens. Owners of a K 100 will find what they are looking for here, as will friends of Ducatis from the 1980s, or riders of Japanese models from the past five decades.
When it comes to Touratech Suspension, E1 stands for robust and well thought-out products at a fair price. Pursuing a slim design, the very solidly designed emulsion shock absorbers do without an external expansion tank. Rebound damping can be adjusted very finely over the wide range of 50 clicks. Thanks to their progressive spring, the E1 series shocks offer a smooth response with high reserves against bottoming out at the same time. The preload of the spring can be adjusted manually, a hydraulic spring preload is available on request. Due to the wide range of motorcycles covered, the E1 series includes mono shocks as well as twin shocks.
Touratech has developed more expertise in enduro travel over the past three decades than any other company. This wealth of experience has been incorporated into the development of the Travel product line.
The basic design of the „Travel“ suspension components is particularly robust. For example, the shock absorber rods and all the seals are larger than is standard in large-scale series production or other high-quality aftermarket products. The suspension components also possess an unusually wide adjustment range so they can be finely tuned to the rider’s particular application. Springs with varying degrees of hardness can be fitted to match the weight of the rider and the intended load. The technicians from Touratech Suspension have also developed specific set-ups for every use that provide the perfect interplay of suspension and damping.
In the “Travel” segment, the four product lines Level 1 | Explore, Level 2 | Explore HP, High End | Expedition and Extreme are available for numerous motorcycle models. Their construction covers the full range of applications.
Solid hydraulic Touratech preload with 50% larger adjustment range – from a weekend tour to long-distance trip with luggage
Separately adjustable high- and low-speed damping. For precise damping adjustment with very high damping frequency and high load
Reservoir on the shock providing greater cooling of the damping fluid and improved damping performance under high loads
PDS position-sensitive damping system, which utilizes a second damping piston to provide hydraulic protection against bottoming out
Closed-cartridge inserts for the forks
It isn’t just the rear shock that can be fine-tuned to highly demanding requirements using components from Touratech Suspension. The Cartridge Kit Extreme has been developed for adventure bike riders looking for an extremely responsive and durable fork. The kit consists of a closed cartridge insert for the fork that can easily be swapped for the original innards.
The closed cartridge principle was developed for the forks of sport motorcycles, which often operate under extreme strain. This technology accommodates the damping oil in a closed cartridge. This means that the oil volume can be precisely measured, but also that much less damping oil is required; this enables far finer responsiveness. The oil in the fork tubes acts purely as a lubricant. With the Cartridge Kit Extreme, the performance of the fork remains constant even at very high damping frequencies on rough sections of track. The hydraulic end stop also protects the fork against bottoming out. The kit is supplied with a motorcycle-specific set-up. The spring preload, compression and rebound can then be adjusted by the rider to suit his precise needs. Neither the fork bridge, handlebar mount, brakes nor wheel control has to be modified for installation.
As with all of Touratech Suspension’s other suspension systems, the Cartridge Kit Extreme for the fork is completely serviceable. The Cartridge Kit Extreme is already available for a large number of adventure bikes.
The Touratech Suspension Cartridge Kit Extreme is installed into the original fork
Suspension struts of the "E1" series are available for motorcycles of various categories and years of manufacture. They are a high-quality replacement for worn series components.
Springs for fork and shock absorber
While the combination of Cartridge Kit Extreme and a shock absorber from our extensive range represents the best possible solution, there are also effective suspension optimization solutions in Touratech‘s wide range for customers with a smaller budget. Just by replacing the springs of the fork and shock absorber with progressive versions, an enormous improvement in the suspension characteristics can be achieved.
BMW introduced the ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) system which, to a certain extent, serves as a precursor to the electronic suspension. With ESA, the damping can be adjusted in moments at the push of a button. The spring preload is still set in the conventional way using a hand wheel.
Touratech Suspension offers suspension components as replacements for worn ESA components or as modifications for more demanding use. They exhibit all the functions of the original parts, but meet Touratech’s high standards of quality. Customers thus receive a ready-to-install solution with a preconfigured set-up that uses all the stock switches and connections but is far superior to the original in terms of responsiveness and resilience.
The semi-active DDA elements from Touratech Suspension are also easy to exchange for the stock equipment thanks to the “Plug & Travel” principle. These shocks replace the original parts in the BMW R 1200 GS, R 1250 GS, F 800 GS, F850 GS and in the corresponding adventure models that are fitted with electronic ESA or DDA suspension. These premium suspension components also combine high-quality Touratech technology, such as the patented electronic damper valve and additional settings, with complete compatibility with the vehicle electronics.
Concept: Conventional shock absorbers, with external reservoir and settings for preload, compression and rebound, depending on the version.
Adjustment of spring preload: F 800 GS: Manual; R 1200 GS: Using the original handlebar switches
Damping adjustment: Using the original handlebar switches
Function: The movement of the springs is damped in line with the manual preselected setting. The balance of the vehicle is set using the spring preload.
Available for: Numerous models
Note: Touratech Suspension shock absorbers are available in four different versions: Level 1, Level 2, High End and Extreme. All versions are extremely robust. The scope of functions and the settings vary according to the different uses – from “normal” touring use (Level 1) to expedition-style traveling (Extreme).
Concept: Semi-active suspension with preselection of the BMW riding modes. Only operable through the original BMW switches on the handlebars; adjustments can be made while riding.
Riding modes: The BMW riding modes such as Rain, Road, Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro are still used.
Adjustment of spring preload: Indirect through the riding mode selection using the original handlebar switches.
Damping adjustment: Indirect through the riding mode selection using the original handlebar switches.
Sensors: Original BMW sensors
Function: The data (braking, acceleration, cornering, surface conditions, etc.) supplied by the DDC sensors (ESA system) form the basis for adjusting the damping in real time while taking into account the selected riding mode.
Available for: BMW R 1200 GS / Adventure (from 2013), F 850 GS/ Adventure, R 1250 GS/Adventure with DDC suspension
Note: Plug & Travel requires the DDC sensors and operating units. Exchanging the shock absorbers is faster and easier by using the original connectors. All original functions (riding modes) remain. The semi-active suspension components have an extra-robust design. Lowered versions can also be supplied.