Helmut Heusler, automotive developer, author and enthusiastic biker tested the S46-shock absorber from Öhlins on his BMW R 80 Monolever. After his first long distance tour he reported:
“Already after the first metre I recognised the sensitive response of the shock absorber. With 16 clicks open there is a much better riding comfort than the standard suspension. The rumbling response from the back disappeared completely.
I was wondering about high speed stability because such a comfort-oriented construction can raise problems with this issue. So I put on my winter outfit and rode with full speed (195 km/h) on the motorway. My bike was absolutely smooth. I triggered unrest in my handlebars but this was decayed directly. Definitely I recommend this shock absorber and will include it in the next edition of my book.“
The specialist book from Helmut Heusler “BMW Zweiradventiler von 1969 bis 1996- Boxer Technik: BMW Boxer, BMW Zweiventiler“ will be published soon in third edition at Bodensteiner publisher. Content of this book is repair instructions, practical tips and recommendation for accessories.