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ohlins or bi turbo suspension ?

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Anyone know from experience which suspension is the best for my bmw s1000rr is it ohlins rear shock and front internals OR bi turbo rear shock and front internals, Ive heard different reports here in the uk, Its mostly for road use (country roads pretty bumpy here in the uk ) I know the bi turbo is easier to adjust as you are sitting at a traffic light ready to go,

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 02:42 PM
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Not sure, both will be better than stock. I'm assuming Ohlins has more customer support and most suspensions shops are going to have spare part and experience working with them. A lot of race team are using Bitubo with good results but Ohlins has probably more experience. You couldn't go wrong with either. How much money do you wanna spend? (it's going to come down to that). Also if you riding the street, at legalish speed I don't see why you would need to adjust the suspension on the fly.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 AM
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I'm also considering upgrading. One of the suspension specialist over here said that the build quality and performance of matris was darn good. Looking at ohlins, matris or bitubo atm.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 09:17 PM
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we have tested both and the ohlins is a far better product, we couldnt get the bitubo rear shock to work no matter what we did it was unpredictable, the front inserts are the same they give no feedback and the front feels like it has no grip.
the ohlins is more user freindly and works straight out of the box, the front is planted and they are easy to service.
keep in mind this is under race conditions but i think it is still relative to road use, we have also just tested a k-tech rear shock and this has made a massive difference on the track, we gained 0.2 sec/lap because it stops the pumping action that you get with the ohlins
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I just put Ohlins shock and Ohlins internals on the front. It is a massive upgrade. In the US, Ohlins is by far the most popular suspension and probably the best. You wont be dissappointed with the upgrade.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 10:51 PM
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I have Racetech for internal and rear shock. Really happy with it.

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ANother thought is resale value if you ever come to sell. I believe the Ohlins will hold their value better come time to put on flea bay.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 07:14 PM
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I always look at it as which one your suspension tuner is most confortible with. That all do the same thing.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 03:45 AM
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I have ohlins rear shock and internals for the forks. They bike feels more nible and stiff . The turn in is very easy and i have alot of feedback. The best upgrade ive done on the bike!!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 01:20 PM
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I have a 2012 that is track only. I ride with several other RR owners and a few AMA pros who have piloted the RR for Evan Steel Performance (ESP). Unless you are an AMA caliber rider, the best set up for the money we found is the 30 mm cartridges in the oem fork and the TTX rear. Most of my peers are veteran A class riders with respectable lap times relative to the AMA guys, who really need the next level Ohlin's . We have played around with different set ups, but the above combo is really a huge improvement once you push the bike past the stock suspension limits. We have filmed my bike and a stock bike, the chassis behavior is superior - very planted and consistent. Ohlins does an excellent job matching spring rates adn valving. Once I dialed in the clickers, I haven't touched it. ESP has run the RR in two AMA seasons with three different riders and done very well in the Canadian SB circuit, all on Ohlins. Keep your stock suspension, it is easy to swap them back and you will recover about 60% or more of you cost, more than you would if you leave them in the bike. My 2 cents, FWIW
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