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Touratech Suspension: the *Extreme* Suspension System for the New BMW R 1200 GS

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Bad roads, a full load, changing riding conditions: long-distance touring exposes an enduro’s suspension to the most extreme conditions.

Over many miles of testing around the world – even in enduro racing – Extreme shock absorbers from Touratech Suspension have proven that they meet the most extreme requirements. Now riders of the new BMW R 1200 GS (2013 onwards) can also benefit from Touratech Suspension components as Touratech becomes the first manufacturer to offer custom aftermarket shock absorbers for the BMW flagship. Made for journeys away from main roads, the Extreme suspension system is designed to withstand the worst off-road conditions with full touring luggage.

Touratech Suspension Extreme shock absorbers rank in the premium class of suspension components. Specially developed for frequent dramatic changes in riding and loading conditions while motorcycle touring, they set standards for response characteristics, resistance to bottoming out, comfort and dynamic safety. A handwheel with definite clicks makes it easy to balance the BMW R 1200 GS each time for riding with or without luggage. The fine damping adjustment is located in a separate external reservoir to provide better cooling and give the shock absorbers greater resilience with a longer service life. The suspension damping has separate high speed and low speed settings, allowing optimum adjustment for extreme conditions.

What’s more, the rear and front Extreme shock absorbers for the new BMW R 1200 GS are both fitted with the PDS system providing hydraulic protection against bottoming out. A second damper piston absorbs the most severe impacts. Even with heavy luggage in the most terrible off-road conditions, the bike will not bottom out and mechanical overload of the shock absorber – the last thing you need on a long-distance tour – is prevented. The vehicle geometry of the BMW R 1200 GS is always fully maintained through all settings while riders benefit from an appreciable improvement in stability and steering precision.

Another Extreme feature is the ability to adjust the length of the rear shock absorber by a total of 8 mm (- 4 mm, +4 mm). This allows individual handling requirements to be integrated into the bike’s balance from the outset.

Fully laden to the ends of the earth: with Touratech Suspension Extreme shocks the new R 1200 GS can go anywhere - at least with regard to the suspension.

Both shock absorbers will be available in the Touratech web shop at http://www.touratech.co.uk/ from September 2013:

Touratech Suspension rear shock absorber for BMW R 1200 GS (2013 onwards), type *Extreme*

Item no. 045-5870

Touratech Suspension front shock absorber for BMW R 1200 GS (2013 onwards), type *Extreme*

Item no. 045-5876

Touratech UK came into the spot light when they kitted out Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s BMW GS bikes for both the Long Way Round and the Long Way Down. They also provided equipment for Charley Boorman’s Race to Dakar. They have also provided equipment for other adventure trips, working with celebrities including comedian Ross Noble and actor Danny John-Jules.

Nick Plumb, Touratech MD has competed in the Dakar Rally 4 times, completing the rally on his first and last attempt. He also features heavily in Race to Dakar.

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