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ESA Shock Upgrade for the F800GS Announced
The ESA option for BMW’s 2013 and newer F800GS allows the rider to choose from three modes on the rear shock. With the press of a button, the damping settings on the rear shock change between Comfort, Normal, and Sport.
The shortcomings with the OEM shock are that the damping is set-up for a relatively lightweight rider who travels without luggage, and the unit is not serviceable.
Material and design compromises made in order to hit a price point on the OEM unit result in a shock that will wear out or blow seals, long before the rest of the bike gets tired and it must be replaced.
To solve these problems, Touratech Suspension has developed the Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade.
A high-performance replacement shock that offers world-class ride characteristics, is 100% serviceable, and is a bolt-on solution that plugs in to the BMW ESA system allowing the ride-mode buttons to function even better than stock.
The Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade shock also includes bottoming prevention that works like a hydraulic pillow at the end of the stroke.
There are other after-market solutions that will add some new parts and pieces to the OEM shock electronics, but the Plug & Travel ESA Upgrade is the only solution that offers a completely new shock with integrated electronic hardware as one package. (Touratech press release edited by #webBikeWorld). ... See MoreSee Less
Noel HendersonCalling this "cruise control" is a bit of a misnomer. It is actually a throttle lock. It won't maintain your speed in hilly country for instance. I like these things but they are not cruise control.3 days ago ago
The Akrapovič Sound Kit allows the motorcyclist to control the amount of sound volume from the exhaust. It works either with the Akrapovič sound controller handlebar button or by using a smartphone app.
The system was originally developed for automobiles and apparently switches between two sound volumes, normal and louder.
"With the use of a receiver to drive the actuators that open and close the valves at the end of the exhaust system (in front of the muffler on the bike system), the rider can use the Sound Remote Controller or new smartphone app to regulate the valves", according to Akrapovič. "This is done via the receiver near the valve system.
"Car exhaust sound systems have an open and closed mode (regular and sporty), whereas most of the motorcycle systems will be EC/ECE approved to enable closed and auto mode (regular and rich sound). The sound difference can be heard immediately", according to Akrapovič.
Harley-Davidson motorcycles will get the system first with others coming later. ... See MoreSee Less
Got this email from a #webBikeWorld reader yesterday on this interesting bike:
"I have a "barn find" bike I bought last year. It was originally sold in Anaheim California in the fall of 1978. It was only used 318 miles and had been stored ever since until it was purchased last year. The last sticker on the license plate is from 1981, and I have the registration documents for those 3 years (1978-1981). I do have it registered under my name now and have the 2015 sticker, but I feel it would ruin the old plate if I put it on.
Luckily the bike was stored in an environment that didn't damage anything. All the mechanical components were like new. The original tires still appeared to be in good shape although they were hard to the touch.
Unfortunately they do not make "standard dimension" tires any longer so I replaced them with modern tires of the original brand name but did keep the old ones too. Interestingly the inner tubes were still soft and pliable but we put new ones in for the sake of safety.
The carburetors were professionally cleaned and reconditioned, the oil in the engine and drive train was replaced and now the bike starts and runs like a brand new motorcycle.
Below is a link to some pictures I just took over the weekend. Since I bought the motorcycle I rode it approximately 80 miles, which were mostly test drives at various stages of the "awakening" of the mighty XS11.
Interesting manual chain oiler, you fill the reservoir, the twist the cap to pressurize the system. It drips for 30 seconds. Repeat every once and a while I guess. looks like way too much oil dripping on the chain though?
Honda Exhibits World Premiere of the "BULLDOG" Concept
OSAKA, Japan, March 20, 2015 - Honda today unveiled the world premiere of the BULLDOG as an exhibition model (concept model) at a press conference, at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015.
The BULLDOG promotes a new world of leisure with motorcycles. The model was developed with the concept “Lovable Touring Partner,” and was designed to go beyond the boundaries of conventional leisure motorcycles, to actively enjoy outdoor life.
The BULLDOG’s 15-inch wide-tires and low center-of-gravity realize a low, 730mm seat height, ensuring a solid footing. Its unique robust, yet charming styling undoubtedly brings smiles to the faces of not only riders, but people who don’t usually ride motorcycles.
The liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC inline 2-cylinder 400cc engine has powerful, yet easy to handle output characteristics, realizing a nimble ride in a wide range of environments from urban to rural areas.
The BULLDOG is equipped with a carrier suitable for camping-touring, and features accessory storage on the sides of the fuel tank, which also act as a styling accent.
The BULLDOG, a playful, next-era concept model, will be exhibited at 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29 at Tokyo Big Sight.
•Key features of the BULLDOG
・Seat Height (mm): 730 ・Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC inline 2-cylinder ・Displacement (cm3): 399 ・Transmission: 6 speeds ・Tires: 15 inch (front/rear) ... See MoreSee Less
Florida FeralcatHonda sure is on a tear designing bikes for beginners and total newbies! If this concept were done a little more beefed up-IE 17" tires, 500cc's or more...OH wait, that'd be the NCX, which I have. :D ...They'd just need to lower the seat height I guess.2 weeks ago ago · 2
Robert Fri Golamola mazo, pero no és podrá dir bulldog perqué Yamaha ja te una2 weeks ago ago · 1