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I'm new to the RT. I just bought an 07 RT and I'm wondering if you can change the ESA setting while riding.
 

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Dann323 said:
I'm new to the RT. I just bought an 07 RT and I'm wondering if you can change the ESA setting while riding.
You can only toggle between normal, sport, and comfort settings while riding. To change between rider, rider + luggage, or two up settings, you must be stopped.
 

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Your '07 has the first gen ESA. I don't believe it has the preload adjustments for one up, one up with luggage and two up. Just adjustable damping with normal, comfort and sport.
 

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GRB60 said:
Your '07 has the first gen ESA. I don't believe it has the preload adjustments for one up, one up with luggage and two up. Just adjustable damping with normal, comfort and sport.
This is incorrect. I have an 07 RT and you do have adjustment at a stop with engine running to choose one up, 1 +luggage and 2 up. On the fly you can choose comfort, normal or sport.
 

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Baldie is correct. Also if you are a heaver fellow 220 or up go with the setting of helmet and one suitcase. Works well. You will like moving from comfort on the freeway to normal or sport. Sport for sure in the twisties. Also if you are a really intense rider, Sport and
two helmets really tightens things up nicely. I like it in the mountains, sharpens up the turning quite a bit.
 

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You have a good issue of the RT. A fuel level float! Real switches! But, check your ignition antenna ring to see if you have the latest model.
61357705247 RING ANTENNA $37.73 ADD TO CART
You want to see the ........247 in the PN which can be seen if you are good. it is in front and underneath the ignition switch. Look in Max parts
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=51560&rnd=03252011
The section 51_5341, just before the plastic panel section to see what it looks like and where it is. The number is upside down and facing forward as I remember. If you don't have the latest part get it installed.
 

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I stand corrected. The differences between the old ESA and the new are tough to decipher. In 2010, the ESA 2 was introduced. I found the following while on a search and thought I'd share. Sorry if it's not quite on topic.

ESA II Electronic Suspension Adjustment
The BMW R 1200 RT is available with ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment II) already well-known from the K series as an option at extra cost.

Benefitting from this system quite unique in the world motorcycle market, the rider is able to adjust not only the damping on the outbound stroke of the front and rear spring strut, but also the spring base (spring pre-tension) on the front spring strut and the spring rate – all this at the simple touch of a button.

This second-generation Electronic Suspension Adjustment or ESA II for short provides the option to set the suspension for maximum comfort and, with greater precision than ever before, for optimum riding and load conditions, thus ensuring a new dimension of riding stability combined with absolutely excellent response.

To control the Electronic Suspension Adjustment as easily as possible and to prevent any unwanted settings, the rider initially enters the motorcycle’s current load condition (solo, solo with luggage, rider with passenger and luggage).

The appropriate spring base and spring rate is then set automatically, with the system coordinating these two parameters to one another.

Depending on the style of riding he wishes to enjoy, the rider must also choose among the Comfort, Normal or Sport mode, giving the suspension the desired qualities. So applying the optimum parameters kept available in the Central Vehicle Electronics, the electronic “brain” calculates the appropriate damper rates and sets them accordingly.

As a result, the new R 1200 RT benefits from a total of no less than nine different set-up options. With additional adjustment of the spring rate, ride height can be set perfectly to various load conditions, ensuring an even higher standard of riding stability, handling and comfort. Even when carrying high loads with a passenger and lots of luggage, the R 1200 RT maintains all of its riding qualities also when leaning over to a low angle in bends, for a truly sporting style of riding at all times.

A further advantage is that adjustment of the spring rate dramatically reduces the risk of the suspension suddenly sagging under extreme load. The rider is able to change the damper setting (Normal, Sport, Comfort) simply by pressing a button also while riding, while for function and safety reasons the spring base may be changed only at a standstill. The spring rate is adjusted by an electric motor complete with its own transmission, while the damping rate is modified by small step motors on the dampers.

Adjustment of the spring rate is controlled by two springs connected in series, one behind the other. An elastomer unit (Cellasto) in combination with a conventional coil spring further down takes up forces under spring pressure, radial expansion of the Cellasto element to the outside being restricted by a steel sleeve.

On the inside the Cellasto element moves an aluminum sleeve by means of electro-hydraulic connection, the position of this inner sleeve influencing the expansion behavior of the Cellasto element to the inside and, therefore, its spring rate.

In all, this interaction of the various units has the same effect as a combination of two springs varying in strength. Whenever the inner sleeve is resting on the steel spring, the Cellasto unit is not in use and only the steel spring provides the desired suspension effect. Once the inner sleeve is moved further, the spring base on the steel spring – and therefore the spring pre-tension – is also varied accordingly.

This configuration significantly improves the normal static position of the motorcycle and riding geometry under all load conditions, without any of the disadvantages encountered with conventional suspension. Benefiting from this self-levelling, the R 1200 RT is just as stable when riding under full load as it is when carrying only the rider without any luggage.

Additional adjustment of the spring rate over the wide range from 160 – 260 N/mm allows far greater variation of the Sport, Normal and Comfort settings on ESA II than on ESA I, with each set-up providing a far greater choice of specific characteristics.

In other words, the R 1200 RT is even more dynamic and precise in the Sport mode, and very comfortable indeed in the Comfort mode, while maintaining an excellent standard of stability.

In all, ESA II offers the following significant benefits:

Much wider range of settings and suspension options with the Sport/Normal and Comfort modes.

Far better maintenance of the machine’s static, normal position and riding geometry with all settings.

Optimum adjustment of the damping and spring rate / spring base in all settings.

Significant change of the motorcycle’s character through adjustment of the dampers.

Excellent adjustment to all load conditions through the adjustment of the spring rate / spring base.

Significant enhancement of safety when braking and in general riding stability, free side angle in bends and firm suspension without sagging.
 

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Semi-hijack from another RT newbie -

When changing the "loading" settings, should a change in height of the bike (either end) be noticeable? (Off the bike, engine running, just pushng the ESA button to change settings.)

Thanks!
 

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Airheadrider said:
Semi-hijack from another RT newbie -

When changing the "loading" settings, should a change in height of the bike (either end) be noticeable? (Off the bike, engine running, just pushng the ESA button to change settings.)

Thanks!

If you mean... will the height of the bike rise if you go from 1 rider setting to 2 riders? The answer is yes.
 

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Thanks for the reply.
It does have the option for 1 rider,1 rider with luggage,2 riders and 2 riders with luggage
 

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lcon2 said:
If you mean... will the height of the bike rise if you go from 1 rider setting to 2 riders? The answer is yes.

K, thanks!
 

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Thanks for the info
I looked in the maintenance records the previous owner left me and the ring antenna was replaced under warranty in 2008
 
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