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Offline Newguy

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Re: Dynamic ESA - First thoughts..
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2019, 02:23:27 AM »
I bought the stock, and have to say the manual shocks that came with the 850 GS is almost as good as the ESA from the k16.

Offline jevijavi

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Re: Dynamic ESA - First thoughts..
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2020, 08:15:24 PM »
for offroading.  I normally ride in ENDURO PRO.  Is there a way to make the suspension softer?
If I change the preload settings, what is the softest setting?  1 Rider (helmet) or 2 rider (helmet) setting?

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Re: Dynamic ESA - First thoughts..
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2020, 05:43:22 AM »
The 2 helmet mode basically sets the bike up to compensate for the extra load, trying to mimic as if you were riding one up. It's really more about suspension travel than stiffness. What may help is to play around with different riding modes as those correlate directly with damping. But I guess the first question I have for you is how is the bike handling off-road and how would you rather have it behave?

I ride mine off-road about 50%, I weigh 165 with gear and I find the rear suspension to be amazing in enduro-pro mode. I also like the front suspension, but not for rocky/technical stretches. It's a bit soft, but it sure soaks up the bumps, on the flip side it's very prone to bottoming out. If I could change something it would be adding aftermarket cartridges to the front forks to increase damping.

Last question; are you standing most of the time while riding off-road?
« Last Edit: January 08, 2020, 06:01:19 AM by netaron »

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Re: Dynamic ESA - First thoughts..
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2020, 01:05:40 PM »
i'm 185 lbs.  And Yes, most of the time that I am Riding off road, I am seated.   I just purchased touratech foot pegs and handle bar risers.  That will allow me to ride more comfortably standing up.  But still, I feel that on ROCKY stuff on ENDURO PRO mode the ride is a tad on the stiff side.  For comparison, I rode a 2017 Africa twin.  And found that it was a bit more comfy on the rocky stuff.  Which I would prefer.

I read somewhere on the internet. That 2 helmet mode helps in making the ride feel softer when offroading.  Wanted to hear other people's thoughts on this.  Won't be able to confirm this until I go offroad again...

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Re: Dynamic ESA - First thoughts..
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2020, 02:24:14 PM »
Yes, I would say that it makes sense as the 2-up mode does raise the suspension hence more travel for just one rider. Definitely give it a shot, can't beat the price.

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Re: Dynamic ESA - First thoughts..
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2020, 11:22:38 AM »
*Originally Posted by jevijavi [+]
i'm 185 lbs.  And Yes, most of the time that I am Riding off road, I am seated.   I just purchased touratech foot pegs and handle bar risers.  That will allow me to ride more comfortably standing up.  But still, I feel that on ROCKY stuff on ENDURO PRO mode the ride is a tad on the stiff side.  For comparison, I rode a 2017 Africa twin.  And found that it was a bit more comfy on the rocky stuff.  Which I would prefer.

I read somewhere on the internet. That 2 helmet mode helps in making the ride feel softer when offroading.  Wanted to hear other people's thoughts on this.  Won't be able to confirm this until I go offroad again...

Changing the ride mode will adjust pre-load and travel to some extent, not sure how that equates to a softer ride.