Register Members List Member Map Media Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back > General Discussion > General Discussion (Moto Related)
Forgot info?

Welcome to! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Like us on Facebook! Regular shirt GIVEAWAYS and more


Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 12-11-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
Neon Samurai
3090 MotoGP Champion
Neon Samurai's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Kings Landing
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 3,232

Experience: 10+ years

2010 Ducati Streetfighter (sold)
2012 Triumph Speed Triple R
2008 Triumph Sprint ST (Sold)
2014 BMW s1000R
2012 Aprilia Tuono (sold)

Ohlins Electronic Suspension

Ohlins is pushing suspension technology into the digital future with the advent of its Mechatronic shock absorber ($1625). Designed in collaboration with Kawasaki, the e-shock offers fully automated, semi-active damping adjustment based on riding conditions and engine power mode selection (Full, Medium, and Low). It’s engineered for those that would rather spend time riding then fiddling with suspension clickers. The shock is compatible with all 2011-2013 Ninja ZX-10R sportbikes.

“We’ve created a new product that’s in a category of its own,” explains Ohlins Motorcycle Project Manager, Peter Andersson. “Just a few years after our racing success in World Superbike with Mechatronics technology, and with the successful launches of the EC systems for the Ducati Multistrada and the Mechatronics aftermarket system for the BMW R1200GS, this is another significant step forward for our technology.”

Based off the Swedish company’s top-shelf TTX36 MK II damper used by many AMA and World Superbike race teams, the body features a twin-tube design in which the compression and rebound circuits are controlled independent of each other allowing for more efficient damping characteristics. The tension of the shock spring can be modified via a tool-less remote adjuster for added simplicity. However the real magic lies in its electronics with it reacting in real-time to road conditions and modifying damping settings during the ride.

The Mechatronic shock is only a few hundred dollars more than the manually adjusted TTX36 MK II used by many AMA and World Superbike race teams.
It does this by gathering data via a dedicated ECU (about the size of a flip-phone) that plugs into the Ninja’s wiring harness beneath the tail section through a diagnostic connector. Two wires from the shock body are plugged into the Ohlins ECU thereby allowing it to communicate with the motorcycle and activating the system.

The exact functionality is a closely guarded secret, but the gist is through programming the Mechatronics unit samples data from a variety of different sensors and inputs from the Ninja’s computer. It can measure variables like gear and throttle position, engine rpm, wheel speed and other parameters inside the motorcycle’s brain. Two riding modes are offered (Comfort and Sport), but they can’t be manually selected or modified. Instead the electronics select the modes, applying the optimum setting based on engine power mode selection, input received from the motorcycle and rider behavior.

When the engine is started the shock defaults to the Comfort setting. During fast paced rides, in which a predetermined mathematical threshold is reached, it automatically switches to Sport. Each of the three engine power modes carry specific parameters allowing the shock to alter modes at different intervals. Full power mode takes the longest to revert back from Sport to Comfort, and vice-versa, in Low, the switch from Sport to Comfort is shortest.

The Ohlins Mechatronic shock is a direct bolt-on replacement for stock. It communicates with the motorcycle’s electronics via its own ECU that plus into the OE-wiring harness through a diagnostic connection.
The folks at Ohlins invited us for an all-day mixed road and track ride to test the new system, which took us across a range of different road surface conditions en route to Southern California's Streets course at Willow Springs International Raceway. Ohlins also supplied a stock ZX-10R so we could compare both shocks back-to-back. The motorcycles were shod with Dunlop’s latest Sportmax GP-A AMA road race tires.

As soon as you sit on the Ohins-equipped ZX-10R the difference in terms of balance and chassis geometry was readily apparent. The back of the bike sits higher which made the bike steer sharper without compromising stability at high-speeds or over big bumps.

Cruising around at a mellow street pace didn’t net a big difference over stock in terms of comfort, but as the pace increased through some of the faster sections the Ohlins unit delivered a firmer and more accurate ride. Overall action was on the firm side yet it performed well in chop and over rough road surfaces, much to our surprise.

It was difficult to ascertain a difference in terms of feel when and if the shock was switching between modes. We also could never feel a difference in terms of damping adjustment - even on track. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just shows how well Ohlins developed its Mechatronic technology, which allows the rider to better focus on what they like to do best: ride.

The Mechatronic shock delivers a more firm and responsive ride. It also sharpened steering.
Carrying a price tag of $1625 the Mechatronic’s shock is only a few hundred dollars more than its standard mechanical counterpart and each shock ships with the correct spring rate based on the rider’s weight. Ohlins plans to offer additional fitment for other brands/models in the future but for now is limited to only 2011-2013 ZX-10Rs. It’s a worthwhile upgrade for rider’s looking for an edge on the racetrack and a livelier, yet not overly firm ride on the street.

The Ohlins Mechatronic Shock is coming soon to

MSRP: $1625
Neon Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Suspension service with Ohlins USA maxgs Taking it to the Track 11 02-09-2010 02:41 AM
03-04 636 OHLINS FRONT SUSPENSION FOR 175 LB RIDER SONNY DEE Taking it to the Track 0 02-01-2010 09:27 PM
Electronic Cigs tiatool Off Topic 8 02-28-2009 10:58 PM
Yamaha adopts Ohlins active suspension for Donnington World Superbike race jodyhudson Taking it to the Track 9 09-06-2008 11:33 AM
Old 12-11-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
CMRA #369
Thayleal's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Houston ;Katy
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 3,669

Experience: 7 years
Trackdays: 2

2006 SV650s (Sold)
2003 SV650s (sold)
08 Ninja250 BRAWP bike (Sold)
08 Ninja250 Racebike(Sold)
2007 SV650S(Streetbike)

Hmmm... that is like the Scarecrow... "If I only had a brain" If it only wasn't for a Kawi!
If I can't eat it, race it or sleep with it then whats the point?

Motorcycles are like women... once you ride one... you wanna ride em all.
Thayleal is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 AM. is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy