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    Quote Originally Posted by Qjumper View Post
    I rarely ride my ‘66 RS without either/ and pillion or luggage, but I’ve never noticed the suspension seeming hard.
    Depends on your weight. Not saying you’re porky but I’m 75Kg and the ESA RS models I tested were horrible - rear end bounced around and felt very harsh and underdamped. It crashed over each bump and shallow potholes bounced me out of the seat. The manual suspension wasn’t perfect but much better and more importantly adjustable, if only at the rear. As I said YMMV - aside from the K series I’ve not tried a BMW with ESA that I thought was anywhere near as good as decent manual suspension set up properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matty589 View Post
    Depends on your weight. Not saying you’re porky but I’m 75Kg and the ESA RS models I tested were horrible - rear end bounced around and felt very harsh and underdamped. It crashed over each bump and shallow potholes bounced me out of the seat. The manual suspension wasn’t perfect but much better and more importantly adjustable, if only at the rear. As I said YMMV - aside from the K series I’ve not tried a BMW with ESA that I thought was anywhere near as good as decent manual suspension set up properly.
    I’m 90kg, maybe you’re right....... about the ESA not the porky bit!


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    It doesn't surprise me that the front doesn't move much for you with the bike not running. The front forks seem to almost lock in whatever position they were in when I turn off the ignition which I use to advantage as the side stand is almost too long. So when stopped, before I shut it off, I pull up on the bars to raise the front then shut it off and the forks remain in their extended position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clifton View Post
    It doesn't surprise me that the front doesn't move much for you with the bike not running. The front forks seem to almost lock in whatever position they were in when I turn off the ignition which I use to advantage as the side stand is almost too long. So when stopped, before I shut it off, I pull up on the bars to raise the front then shut it off and the forks remain in their extended position.
    I agree that the side stand is a tad too long, and that’s a good idea about raising the front.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Qjumper View Post
    I agree that the side stand is a tad too long, and that’s a good idea about raising the front.

    If you go on the rs forum you will see some have shortened side stand. I have done the same by 10mm makes a big difference when on uneven ground

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    Of course another factor to bear in mind is the Spring rate of the suspension. I think that it is probable that ESA bikes and Standard bikes
    will have the same rate springs.
    The only difference then will be how the damping (would that be compression or rebound- at both ends), is adjusted.

    Confusing , definitely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter56 View Post
    If you go on the rs forum you will see some have shortened side stand. I have done the same by 10mm makes a big difference when on uneven ground
    Or there’s this part no. 46 53 8 564 609 supposedly shorter and for the Chinese market?

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