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Ted Porter is truly an expert with suspension
I came to him with a question on my R1200GS and he took the time to explain BMW suspension to me and make a recommendation. Ted didn't try and upsell me on things that I didn't need right away. 5 stars, excellent shop.
Working with Ted's Beemershop redefines customer service.
My buddy and I both have 2011 BMW F650GS, and we wanted to upgrade the suspension so as to handle a bit more aggressive trail riding, as well as handle heavy panniers on BDR trips. We saw several mentions of Ted's shop on the advrider.com website and we called Ted up.
Ted subsequently took multiple calls (sorry Ted!), patiently explaining what we needed. We ended up buying the TFX 141 reservoir shock with HPA, and having the shop install Racetech cartridge emulators in the front forks. Ted carefully and patiently collected the information needed to properly spec and set up the components.
Turnaround time was quick. Ted received our forks on Jan 17, and shipped them back just 2 1/2 weeks later. Ted called me to say they had shipped, and proceeded to describe the low/hi speed damping and rebound shock settings he had pre-set according to our weights, and how to properly test ride to fine-tune them. He also mentioned that they had found some corrosion in the front forks and had honed them clean again. Wow...
I think working with Ted's Beemershop redefines customer service. Ted and his staff are always cheerful, incredibly informative, and responsive. It's been a pleasure.
Paul S F650GS
I couldn’t be happierwith the Tractive suspension upgrade and the support I got from Ted and histeam at the Beemershop
I ride a 2013 R1200GS LC and had 18,000 miles on the stock ESA shocks. Theyworked well for me and I didn’t have any issues with performance. However, I’m5’ 10’ with a 32 in. inseam and spend all my time on the street and touring. Ihad been looking at options to lower my GS to the factory low suspension heightto make it easier to get on and off the bike when on tour with a dry bag acrossthe passenger seat.
I talked with Ted and I looked at their products at the 2016 BMW national rallyin NY. In February ’17, I ordered the TRACTIVE ESA/DDA PLUG & PLAY FRONTAND REAR SET - 25MM LOW and shipped my stock rear shop to Ted to have the ESAmotor swapped to the new Tractive rear shock. Turn around was one day and Isoon had the new shocks delivered to my door. I installed them in my garageworking with the center stand and a bike lift to elevate the front end.
Ted helped with the remove and install advice and I used a Haynes repair manualfor instructions. When I had trouble removing the floating bushing in the rearswing arm, Ted emailed back right away with how to do it. I couldn’t be happierwith the Tractive suspension upgrade and the support I got from Ted and histeam at the Beemershop. Spring is here in the Midwest and I’ve put 500+ mileson the new suspension.
I have better matched springs for my weight and riding profile and I love thehandling and performance with the Tractive kit! The shocks carry a 5 yearwarranty, are rebuildable, and seemed like the best solution for my needs. Andit feels great to easily get on and off the bike and flat foot my boots on theground.
Product: TRACTIVE ESA/DDA PLUG & PLAY FRONT AND REAR SET - 25MM LOW / Rearrequires EPA // R1200GS-LC
I am very satisfied withthe new shocks.
Good morning.. I just wanted to touch base with you guys and let you know thatI installed the shocks last week and we took a 200 mile spin on the weekend andthe ride was awesome.. my pillion (wife) said it felt 100% better than it had.I just wanted to pass on that I am very satisfied with the new shocks.
Product: TRACTIVE ESA1 PLUG & PLAY FRONT SHOCK / Complete ESA1 ShockReplacement // R1200RT '05-'09
What a difference!
I ride an 2015 R1200RT and I'm 5'5". So the height was a challengeespecially for uneven ground. I am a member of the Motor Maid riding club andride cross country doing distance treks. I love to ride. I bought my dream bikefor doing that kind of riding... and I had my bike's suspension (shocks &springs) "adjusted" by a suspension speciality shop in northernOntario. It was a disaster! Suffice to say, it was dangerous. I'll spare thedetails.
We discovered Ted Porter's Beemer Shop at the BMW Rally this summer. Ted wasvery patient with my many calls and questions. He's a great teacher with clearexplanations which gave me the confidence to try again with lowering thebike.
WOW!!!! the new suspension changed everything... I love my bike again.Suspension feels like stock again, is solid, allows for great control and allthe electronics (ESA) work as they should AND it is the height that works forme.
Ted Porter has my deepest appreciation for all that he has done to fix theproblems created by someone else and gave me back the bike I love to ride atthe height I needed!
Joan - Ontario, Canada
TRACTIVE ESA PLUG & PLAY FRONT AND REAR SET
Tractive are the bestsuspension modification I have ever had on a motorcycle.
Hi Ted, I ordered a set of Tractive Shocks (Dynamic ESA) from you (for 2015R1200RT-LC) at the BMWMOA Rally in Hamburg this past year. After the ridingseason this year (November) I coordinated the process of sending in the rear shockand subsequent shipment of the new Tractive Shocks with Jeff Favorite. He wasvery easy to work with and provided great customer service. I recently receivedthe new shocks and after installing the rear shock I coordinated theinstallation of the front shock with Countryside BMW.
Over the years I have installed and or had numerous motorcycles with modifiedsuspensions. FOX, Works Performance (shows my age lol), Penske (along with theforks both modified by GP Suspension), Wilburs and numerous Ohlins shocks havebeen installed on my bikes. With out a doubt the shocks from Tractive are thebest suspension modification I have ever had on a motorcycle. The suspension ismuch better than the stock suspension was when it was new.
At the Rally, Jeff Favorite said the bumps on your favorite bumpy road wouldbasically disappear and they have! At the same time the suspension seems wellplanted and predictable through the curves. I have done a dozen or so trackdays over the years so I enjoy going quickly through the curves and theTractive suspension seems like it will perform exceptional well at speed. Itwas 38 degrees when trying out the suspension so I did not push it much throughthe curves but what I did experience indicated the bike will be a lot of fun nextyear!!
Thanks for the great service and great product.
TRACTIVE ESA PLUG & PLAY FRONT SHOCK
Now that I have a fewrides on the new suspension, I am very pleased and glad I made the changes
Ted, Now that I have a few rides on the new suspension, I am very pleased andglad I made the changes. The ride is now much smoother on all surfaces and thefront tire stays on the pavement when the road gets bumpy in a corner, holdinga line perfectly.
There is a road in the hills that was chip sealed and the tar lines did notcover between them, leaving a corduroy look with ridges that wander along theroad. The new suspension all but makes these invisible where the old shockswobbled over these ridges and made the ride a little spooky. Some of my friendswill not even ride here.
The old rear shock would bounce me out of the seat on a bad pothole and the newone makes the ride much smoother. A bad bump starts with good feedback andmelts away instead of getting stiffer and harsh. It is still set on one helmetand I have not bottomed out on the center stand like the old one at the samepreload, I had to go to two helmets with the stock shock to keep the right sideof the centerstand from touching down on a long corner with a bump in themiddle.
I was very deliberate for the first rides to analyzing the ride and even thoughI thought I was going slower, I ended up going faster with less effort and nodrama. I have not tried the Dynamic setting yet as the Road setting is alreadyfirmer without being harsh. I want to get a trip soon with luggage to test thedifferent preload settings A track day is needed to fully test the new forksand the Dynamic setting.
Thanks again for your help.
Regards, Rodney B (R1200RS)
TRACTIVE ESA/DDA PLUG & PLAY REAR SHOCK
Love the TFX kit on myBMW GSA
My email feedback to Ted and his team at the BeemerShop below:
Ted!! Just wanted to say a huge thanks and provide feedback afterthrashing the TFX front and rear kit on my BMW R1200 GSA - awesome!!!!
On road I notice the biggest improvements on rough pavement and aggressivecornering, off-road the difference is astounding. Mind blowing even. I had noidea I was bottoming out the front end so much on the stockers and taking areal beating because of it.
The front end just absorbs and floats over everything I throw at it now, ridingconfidence level hugely improved. I know many folks are hesitant to take thispig off road and away from tarmac, but surprisingly it is totally doable, evenfor a small guy like me at 160lbs.
The TFX suspension makes it so much more enjoyable and frankly easier, as itdoes all the work instead of your body taking a pounding. Options wise, 3-wayadjustable a must in my book, don't let anyone that rides off-road dootherwise. I crank the high speed compression up or down all the time moving onroad to off, makes all the difference. I would be compromising too much withouthigh speed compression adjustment IMO. I find the on-road settings too soft foroff-road and vice versa. I didn't think I would play much with the adjustmentbut wow was I wrong.
For the extra bucks separate high speed compression adjustment is worth it andreally makes the investment even better. Lowering the ride height 1" tookgetting used to, but glad I did it. Helpful on-road and off. Ego aside it's abetter fit for my 5'9" frame now. Rear spring rate at 160Nm perfect withmy load rating! Glad I followed your advice.
Very happy Ted wish I did it sooner!! Cheers!!!!
Shawzy - Ontario, Canada
TFX 132 FRONT SHOCK
This shock resolves allof the handling issues on my 2015 BMW GSA
I've got a 2015 BMW GS Adventure, and was experiencing some handling problemswhere the front would "chatter" through turns, and it was impossibleto have confidence in the bike.
Ted Porter (The Owner) is one of the US's leading experts on Motorcyclesuspension, and he has relationships with all of the major manufacturers. Ispoke to Ted and he knew immediately what the problem was, and he recommendedthat we install the Touratech rear shock, with a much heavier spring. Once theinstallation was completed I rode the bike for about a month to be sure thatthere were no issues at all.
After 6 weeks of riding on this engineering masterpiece, I would say thatriding the bike now is like riding a completely new, and different motorcycle.The handling is much improved, and as I ride over bumps or non-compliantpavement the bike seems to simply gobble it up, never tossing me or letting mefeel a negative response to the pavement at all.
Much of the improvement comes from Ted's understanding of the geometry of thebike. He uses this knowledge to determine the root cause of the problem, and tomake sure that he orders/spec's the right size diameter spring for the shock.The shock integrates with the bike's ESA system, and it feels great. I highlyrecommend this product!
Cliff - Belmont, CA
TOURATECH EXPEDITION DDA PLUG & TRAVEL REAR SHOCK
I thought I would giveyou an update on the performance of the Yacugar shock onthe rear of my bike. After installing the shock I did around 100kilometres making small adjustments to the settings to get it to a point whereI thought it felt best. I then loaded the bike up for my three week triparound the state of Tasmania, which I have to say is pretty much motorcycleheaven!!
Apart from adjusting the preload to suit the additional weight I didn't feelthe need to make any further adjustments to the rebound or compression settingsthat I originally dialled in. The shock has made the world of differenceto the handling and performance of the bike.
My confidence in the handling of the bike and knowing how it will react tovarying road surfaces makes riding so much more relaxing. I spent sometime on some gravel roads and found the bike to be much mote stable andpredictable also. I have read many people advising that the investment ingood shocks on the R1200GS was the best upgrade they had ever made, and I wasnever too sure how much of that was truth and how much was them trying tojustify the investment. However, having experienced the rear shockupdateI can only saythat they were right, it was fantastic!
Thanks do much for all of your help with the rear shock, your understanding ofwhat I was looking for and then being able to translate that into what feelslike the perfect shock is very much appreciated!
YACUGAR REAR SHOCK
On Point !
Two words - WAY HAPPY !!!! There is so much more road feedback now - it’s no longer lostin the stock gushy shocks.
C.C. - San Francisco, CA
WILBERS 644 WESA SERIES REAR SHOCK
Hi Ted, Got the newshocks installed and road tested.
In comparison, can't believe how bad the original shocks were. Thanks for allyour help in putting this together.
Phil - Washington
BMW K1200GT ESA replacement
Finally the perfectshock !!
Ted, wanted to drop a quick note and say "THANK YOU" for yourexpertise and assistance getting me a FANTASTIC shock !! You took the time tocommunicate with me about my former "economy" shock being too longand my seat height issue and gave me EXACTLY what I needed and in a very timelymanner as well.
Just went for a short test ride and the difference is night and day; no morewallowing over bumps and everything just feels balanced and precise. I wasapprehensive about getting an overly-heavy spring but you guys nailed it ! I'mthinking about Wilber's fork springs as a winter project thing since theProgressive springs are 20 years old now. For now, just time to ride : ) Thanksagain Ted !
Peter B - Maine
WILBERS 630 SERIES REAR SHOCK
I just thought I would get back to you on the work you did for me earlier thisyear. As you may recall, you lowered the Yacugar shocks on my 1150gs.
I think you ended up lowering the bike more than the 3/4 inch we talked about,but whatever you did, all is good. I have had no more "uh oh"moments with my wife getting on or off and then bike loaded, or stopping onuneven ground. And no problems with clearance or handling. I've been two andloaded on the twistiest roads in the Smokies without touching parts (maybe I amjust not aggressive enough!), and spent hours riding highways.
Anyway, it has transformed the bike for me. I am now entirely comfortable with thebig ox and all thoughts of selling it have been banished.
Thank you for your help.
- Tom S.
Yacugar Shocks with1150GS
Just wanted to let youknow that the Wilber's Fork Springs did the trick!
I had them installed within a week of receiving them.........Today was mid 40'sand dry, so I was able to get about 200 miles under my belt. Had the mostfun I've had on this bike in years!
The new Wilbers springs have allowed me to achieve proper sag and forktravel. Coupled with the Yacugar Shock, the bike now handles superbly andis very confidence inspiring, even on cold, wet roads with gravel lining themiddle of every turn. Feels like a new bike! So now my wife iswondering why I still want to buy the 1200 Explorer :) I'mkeeping the Tiger as it is still one of my favorite bikes.
Anyway, Thanks for all your help. I will recommend The Beemer Shopevery chance I get!
The GS ride is now farsmoother in "comfort" zone Ted, even with 2 up.Rating the springs for my 350-500 range really paid off.
Handling is noticeably predictable and confidence inspiring in lively roughtwisteez even in "normal" mode and resurrects my old racer skills.
I haven't felt the need to try "sport" nor the opportunity to do offroad modes yet, but when I grow up...
Thanks a million to you and the team.
Ted, I couldn't behappier with the Wilbers...just transformed the handling. Yourattention to my needs and patience with my questions were superb...some of thebest customer service I've ever had.
All of you make up thegreatest shop on the face of the planet!
Thanx for always being there for me, doing a fantastic job and keeping my oldbike on the road and running great! It seems like it improves every timeI bring it in!
Ted, I wanted to thankyou and your crew for the outstanding customer service Ireceived last Saturday. The Wilbers shocks are amazing. My 011/GS now rideslike it is on a rail. It is incredible that they are so much better thanthe stock ones which only had 800 mules on them.
Ted, you completelysurprised me with a phone call last evening.
I had to shake my head about how enjoyable you are to deal with. I have beenaway from the BMW community for 10 years and you are a fantastic!
I am reminded how much I enjoyed the many quality people in the BMW community.I have very much missed this community of riders. I'm really enjoyingdoing business with you.
Thanks for being socustomer service oriented.
Without question when the boys show up on my rides or to hang out in my garagewhen I mounting up a shock or tuning one of my 6 BMW’s they’ll know you havebecome my primary supplier of shocks and other parts.
Darrell P., Prior Lake, MN
The Wilbers shock we puton the 06 Suz 1000 V-Strom was excellent!
I installed Sonic springs on the front to balance the bike out. The bikecame out great and the customer is very happy with it.
Mike Schweitzer, www.supertunemotorsports.com, Wheat Ridge, CO
Thanks again Ted,
I rode with my riding buds Sunday. My R1150RS is like night and day (with newWilbers shocks). Much more planted, it just rails through the corners and Ifilled the mirror of an R1200GS and new KTM motard all the way up Hwy 33 out ofOjai.
You were right, Awesome!
-Jim, Ojai, CA
Just a quick note on theR1100RS gearbox that you folks refurbished for me.
After completing the swap with the old box and clutch, putting humpty backtogether again and now, some days and a few hundred miles later, I am droppingyou a line to express my pleasure. The bike runs better than the day I got her,the box is clean, clear and precise. No notchiness, no hesitation, nothing butpure joy.
From my experience, your reputation for fine worksmanship has been confirmed,thanks all for your hard work and a job well done.
-Jerry, San Rafael, CA
I just wanted to write aquick note of thanks for taking good care of both myself and my R1100S today.You definitely went the extra mile to get that rear hub bearing installed whileI waited. The bike ran like a top, I was able to wind it out a little bit onthe way back down to Monterey and it felt like a new bike.
I just wanted to respondwith an update concerning the products I ordered from you.
I can not believe the difference they (Wilbers shock and fork springs) made inmy bike. The excessive movement I had from the fork from moderateacceleration and braking are gone, the bike feels far more stable, and the rideis not harsh (which is what I initially feared when installing the new forksprings).
The only negative with riding that I have found is that my gas mileage hasdropped from 42mpg to about 35mpg. However, I think that statement is thegreatest testament to how much the suspension has improved...because I can pushthe bike that much harder with confidence.
The only real issue that I came across is that Marzocchi changed the design ofthe forks slightly on the 2007 S2R800; they deleted the spring retaining clipso that the spring now rests against the fork cap and (not feeling that is abig enough change) they shortened the length of the fork. So, I needed toadd a spacer. No big deal, just an unexpected snag. The rear shockwas real easy to install.
I also wanted to thank you for your prompt and helpful services. As faras I am concerned, you
bent over backwards to help me out, and I really appreciate it.
Ducati Monster S2R 800
It (Wilbers shock order) was delivered in perfect shape. I appreciate all thatthe BeemerShop has done. I will be installing it this weekend and testing itdirectly after.
I am so glad that I was given your shops name over at Adventure Rider Forums.They were right, Ted is a big help.
-Michael S., Tacoma, Wa.
Great experience withyour shop yesterday and what a wonderful ride home on my new Wilbers(shocks). Noticed their positive effect immeidately as Idescended route 17 at high warp speed.
You have a marvelous operation there; a dream-come-true really for a guy whohas been looking for such a place forever. Only complaint: morechairs for the guys who like to sit around and talk motorcycling!
Really, I've been looking for an enthusiast's enthusiast-tech for 20 years, andI have found him in you.
-Sam T., Sonoma, Ca.,
The Wilbers SuspensionUnits I got from you are just great!
I went for an aggressive ride on some curves and hills where the pavementquality is sometimes much less than ideal.the Wilbers make a mockery of thebumps, uneven pavement, frost heaves, cracks, tar patches, etc.
What a difference in drama level or more specifically the lack thereof whenleaned over in a bumpy curve. I can only assume that the smoother ride willhold me in good stead on long days in the saddle too.
Thanks for all your help,
'99 BMW R1100S, Washington, IL
I just want to thank TedPorter of the Beemer Shop for personally helping meavert atrip-ending problem with an oil leak on my GS. Although a minor oil fillergasket leak, the bike was pumping out oil and it would have ruined my trip.
It was pretty amazing actually. I detoured about 50 miles out of my way pastseveral factory dealers knowing that Ted would help and he took the time fromhis busy day to get me on my way. It took Ted about 5 minutes to repair theproblem and send me on my way. He even pressure cleaned the cylinder head forme.
I am not sure that I would get the same service from the dealer.
2000 1150 GS
Here's a photo of meflat footing my 2016 R1200GS-LC for the first time afterinstalling the Tractive front and rear shocks with the 1 inch lower than stockversion.
I have already ridden 250 miles in both on and off road and the shocks feelgreat with no apparent loss in performance from less travel.
Thanks for the great service Ted!
Fort Worth, TX
TRACTIVE FRONT & REAR SHOCKS
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