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    ESA Failure on 08 RT

    Yesterdays ride started with me changing my bike from one up to two up ride setting. The icon on the display blinked once and that was it with no raising of the rear suspension.

    From other posts regarding this, I have tried over and over to change the setting with no suspension change.

    I am hoping that a trip to the dealer and a software flash will correct the problem... If not I would like to have some options as my bike is out of warranty.

    Has anyone had to replace the components with aftermarket like wilbers wesa, or others, and what is the cost?

    I would like to keep the ESA feature, but have options other than the OEM BMW components.
    Keith
    08 R1200 RT

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    Here is my post on shocks. I don't miss ESA at all. Not at all. $1350

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...2RT&highlight=
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    Thanks for the input.

    Today I started the bike and miraculously it cycled flawlessly through all the ESA settings.

    I will now make it part of my warm-up ritual to cycle through the settings so it doesn't get stuck...

    Another BMW widget that operates only when it wants too...

    Well it might be time for an extended warranty!
    Keith
    08 R1200 RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by dockeithdc View Post
    Yesterdays ride started with me changing my bike from one up to two up ride setting. The icon on the display blinked once and that was it with no raising of the rear suspension.

    From other posts regarding this, I have tried over and over to change the setting with no suspension change.

    I am hoping that a trip to the dealer and a software flash will correct the problem... If not I would like to have some options as my bike is out of warranty.

    Has anyone had to replace the components with aftermarket like wilbers wesa, or others, and what is the cost?

    I would like to keep the ESA feature, but have options other than the OEM BMW components.
    Hi Keith,

    My bike is still new so hopefully, I'm a ways away from having to worry about this but I did do a bit of searching and found this.

    http://racetech.com/page/id/97

    Scroll down a bit and click on the R1200RT picture on the right. They don't list any prices (disappointing) but it looks like they custom rebuild the factory shocks to your specifications. Like you, I really like the ESA feature and, when the time comes, I'd like to maintain that functionality. The Wilbers look like a nice option too except they're in the UK. That, in and of itself, is not a deal breaker for me but I'd prefer to deal with someone "in country" if I have that option and I get the impression, from the web sites at least, that their services are similar.

    FWIW!

    Ride Safe,
    Steve R.
    2013 R1200RT

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    Steve, thanks for the site. I will keep that tagged for future reference.
    Keith
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    Ted Porter's BeemerShop sells and services the Wilbers WESA system in California. Cost is about $1400. Highly reputable and many other brands options available. It's also the place to pick up a GS-911 tool.

    www.beemershop.com

    You might simply be suffering from low battery voltage. I've been keeping the bike on BMW specific Deltran charger since our ESA acted up once (upon dealer recommendation) and haven't had a problem with the ESA since. Although the damping is starting to fade at 26,000 miles on a 09R1200RT.

    Cheers!
    Chris

    2009 BMW R1200RT (Shaun), 2004 MINI Cooper S (Gromit), 2006 BMW X3 (Wallace)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun09 View Post
    Ted Porter's BeemerShop sells and services the Wilbers WESA system in California. Cost is about $1400. Highly reputable and many other brands options available. It's also the place to pick up a GS-911 tool.

    www.beemershop.com

    You might simply be suffering from low battery voltage. I've been keeping the bike on BMW specific Deltran charger since our ESA acted up once (upon dealer recommendation) and haven't had a problem with the ESA since. Although the damping is starting to fade at 26,000 miles on a 09R1200RT.

    Cheers!
    That's good to know Shaun. Thanks for the update!

    Ride Safe,
    Steve R.
    2013 R1200RT

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