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BMW Motorrad launches lowered suspension models

8th August 2008 Print
The standard and low seat R 1200 GS side by side Following detailed customer research, BMW Motorrad has good news for riders who prefer a lower seat height, but do not want to compromise on model choice. BMW Motorrad has once again led the way by becoming the first motorcycle manufacturer to launch a range of models that can be ordered with lowered suspension – to provide customers with lower seat height options.

Feedback from female, novice and shorter riders confirmed that controlling a machine can be difficult at slow speeds, especially when riding motorcycles with a higher seat height. BMW Motorrad already offers a lower seat as a factory-fit option for most of its models (at no extra charge), but some riders require their seat to be lower still. Motorcyclists feel more secure when they are able to place their feet firmly on the ground, especially under stop-start conditions. BMW’s new lower suspension bikes will ensure that more riders are able to do this - naturally, comfortably and safely.

As an example, the lowered suspension option currently available on the F 800 S and ST bikes, reduces the seat height from the standard 840mm to 760mm. This option was launched in 2007 and a staggering 45% of BMW customers have since taken advantage of this opportunity when ordering their new machine.

The six models that can be ordered with lowered suspension are: the sporty F 800 S, its sports touring derivative the F 800 ST, the ‘naked’ R 1200 R roadster, the top selling R 1200 RT touring machine and the new F 650 GS and R 1200 GS enduros.

The iconic R 1200 GS was often associated with taller or more confident riders due to its ‘long-travel suspension’ enduro style and generous ergonomics. The bike’s adjustable standard seat offers a seat height of either 855mm or 875mm. However, with the introduction of the new lowered suspension option this model can now be ordered with a seat height of just 790mm, making this popular all-rounder available to a much wider spectrum of riders.

All of the BMW factory-engineered lowered suspension bikes come with a low seat, but the actual lowering modification from the standard machine varies from model to model. Bikes such as the F 800 ST come with a shorter rear shock absorber and front forks which have been lowered through the yokes. Boxer engined models, such as the R 1200 RT and R 1200 GS, achieve the lower positioning by adding a shorter strut to the front and rear shock absorbers. The Telelever settings have been changed.

The factory fitting of lowered suspension costs an additional £90 on the purchase price of each model.

Tony Jakeman, Marketing Manager of BMW Motorrad UK said: “BMW Motorrad focuses on engineering that offers the ultimate in motorcycle design. Models and options that continue to improve rider safety and enjoyment are a paramount consideration. Launching our extensive range of lowered suspension models continues our strategy of offering bespoke motorcycling to riders, whilst also making our models more attractive to a wider range of customers.”

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The standard and low seat R 1200 GS side by side The standard and low seat R 1200 GS side by side