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American Flat Track and Öhlins USA Renew Partnership for 2017

American Flat Track and Öhlins USA renew partnership for 2017

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces a renewed partnership with Öhlins USA for the 2017 race season. A global leader in motorsport suspension technology, Öhlins USA returns for a second year to give competitors in the premier AFT Twins class the opportunity to vie for the “Öhlins Fastest Lap Award” at each of the 18 rounds on the schedule.

“Öhlins is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in motorcycle sport,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re proud to have them return for another year as a partner of American Flat Track and thank them for their continued support.”

Öhlins USA will have a presence at select rounds to support riders utilizing their products, and will give fans an opportunity to check out their signature gold product lines.

“Öhlins USA, along with all the guys back at Öhlins AB Racing in Sweden, are absolutely pumped to be back involved with American Flat Track for a second year,” said Doug Shaw, President of Öhlins USA. “This is hardcore, ‘roots’ racing at its best and we just love it. This series also gives us a great platform to continue to develop our products and we appreciate all the folks at American Flat Track for this opportunity.”

The Swedish brand has a long history in motorcycle racing as one of the top-tier suppliers of suspensions in the world, and is eager to return for another season in Pro Flat Track racing. Last year, Öhlins created a custom rear shock called the ILX36 designed for the unique demands of American Flat Track.

For more information about Öhlins USA and the ILX36, please visit their website at http://www.ohlinsusa.com/.

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the trioval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

TTX 36 Safety Recall Notice

TTX 36 Safety Recall Notice

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Öhlins Racing AB has determined that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain batches and part numbers of aftermarket TTX36 (TTX GP, TTX RT & TTX36 MKII) MC shock absorbers produced between 11-06-2013 and 02-19-2015.

Öhlins Racing AB is conducting a campaign to recall all the affected aftermarket TTX36 shock absorbers of the models and batches listed below to rectify the issue.
The cause for this defect is the piston-shaft nut which in some cases has not been torqued at full metal to metal contact because the top out spring is preventing the piston to reach its final position due to high friction.
Component assembly shown in figure below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If the piston-shaft nut comes lose the result will be loss of damping and on some applications it can also cause the shock absorber to come apart. Either of these events may surprise the rider in a way that the rider would no longer have full control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

We therefore strongly urge you to stop using the bike until the shock absorber has been removed or corrected! It can be a safety issue to use the bike with the faulty shock absorber on the bike.

This assembly defect has been rectified and the issue does not exist on shock absorbers with an earlier or a later batch number.
Batch numbers for the shock absorbers in question can be found below.

You can find the batch number on the shock absorber, stamped on the cylinder head, near the top mounting bolt.

Steps You Need To Take:

If you own a shock absorber included in the list below, the TTX 36 Recall Form is attached, please include this form when you ship your shock absorber.

Ship to the address on the form. This is important in order to track your claim and return the shock absorber to you in a timely fashion.

You will not bear any costs for this. Öhlins Racing AB will cover all costs related to removing and correcting the shock absorber.

If you no longer are the owner of the bike with this shock absorber mounted, please provide us with information about the new owners, using the contact details below.

If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact us using the contact details below.

If you are the lessor of this vehicle, please forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days to comply with federal regulations.

If you have already paid to have your shock absorber repaired for this condition, you may be eligible for reimbursement of the charges you paid for the repair. To learn more about what you need to do to obtain reimbursement, contact Öhlins USA. Contact details below.

If after having attempted to take advantage of this recall you believe you have not been able to have your shock absorber remedied without charge and within a reasonable amount of time, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.; Washington D.C., 20590; or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov

We apologize for any inconvenience this safety recall may cause, but your safety is our first concern.

Yours sincerely

Öhlins Racing AB
Öhlins USA Inc. 703 South Grove St. Hendersonville, NC 28792 Ph. 800-336-9029 x309
http://www.ohlinsusa.com

Part and batch numbers for shock absorbers to be recalled

Part No Batch number(s)
AP 340 136734 136735 137254 138061 309524
BM 147 137936
BM 340 136737 136739 137874 138320
BM 342 136741 137875
BM 343 136742 136920
BM 345 309605
BM 677 138736
DU 339 309611
DU 339P 137191 137494 309541
DU 340 136743 136744 137149 137495 309528
DU 868 (DU 871) 136527 138064
HO 339 136745 136746 136747 309529
HO 340 136749 136753 136754 137163 137593 309530
HO 358 137513 138121 309517
KA 035 136126 137366 138068
KA 040 137030 137735
KA 336 136755 136756 137268 138613 309531
KA 338 136757 137741 309532
KA 340 136758 136759 136760 136761 137031 137515 137822 137904 138293 309533
KA 358 137070
KA 788 137518
SU 026 137752 138791
SU 339 136762 136763 137521 137753 309534
SU 340 136764 136765 137522
SU 357 309522
SU 789 138770
SU 932 137523
TR 338 309584
TR 339 136770 309536
YA 339 136771 136772 136774 136775 136924 137185 137528 137933 309537 309610
YA 340 136776 136777 136778 137912 138631 309538
YA 358 309519
YA 359 309563
YA 931 135517

Dunlop and Öhlins Dominate IOM

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MichaelDunlop

HAT-TRICK AS DUNLOP AND ÖHLINS TTX PRODUCTS DOMINATE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES

It was a hat-trick of success for Öhlins at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, as the hard charging Michael Dunlop took wins in the Superbike, Supersport and prestigious blue-riband Senior events, including victories using ‘off the shelf’ TTX customer products. Further adding to the success of the renowned suspension brand, William Dunlop and fan favourite Guy Martin also secured podiums on their Tyco Suzuki machinery.

With bad weather plaguing practice week, BMW Motorrad new-boy Michael Dunlop went into the opening race of TT week, the Dainese Superbike event, an unknown quantity with new, untried machinery at this event. However the North West 200 victor demonstrated once again why he is a TT legend in the making, taking an early lead and posting two laps under the existing lap record on his BMW S1000RR to build an unsurpassable 20s advantage, ahead of the enigma that is Guy Martin. Dunlop’s victory marked the first for BMW Motorrad at the event since 1939.

It was a similar story on Wednesday for the second Monster Energy Supersport race as Michael Dunlop and his MD Racing Honda CBR600RR took a comfortable victory using an off the shelf TTX GP rear shock. Completing the podium in third was Michael’s brother, William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.

Warm and sunny conditions graced the 37 ¾ mile TT circuit for the final day of racing on Friday and for the blue riband Senior TT. It was the elder Dunlop brother, William, who took an early lead on the opening lap while Michael suffered an uncharacteristic slow start, coming through the first check point in seventh. However following a 130.628mph average lap, Michael was in the lead by the end of the opener, a position he would not relinquish for the remainder of the six lap event, to take his eleventh TT win, joining legends such as Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen.

Harris Performance, a UK Öhlins Service Centre, have a long experience at the event and was in attendance in the paddock throughout the two week event to not only support the BMW Motorrad and Tyco Suzuki team, but the Milwaukee Yamaha duo of Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes as well as Michael Rutter on the Bathams IWR Superbike and Superstock bikes and Conor Cummins on Superstock and Supersport machinery, plus a number of privateer riders.

Speaking after a highly successful Isle of Man TT event, Chris Witter, Business Development Manager, Öhlins Racing UK said, “Congratulations to all riders using our suspension during such a competitive week of road racing and our thanks to the Harris Performance team for their support.

The Isle of Man TT races are probably the most testing event in the World, offering a perfect opportunity for Öhlins to show the performance and durability of our TTX road and track products. So with three important victories at the TT it endorses the TTX range as the preferred choice for road racers and circuit racers alike.”

For more info on the full line-up of Öhlins products visit www.ohlins.com

For the stories behind the brand visit Performance their online magazine at www.ohlinsnews.com – including a feature about the legendary TT event.

Öhlins can also be found on Facebook under ‘Öhlins Racing AB’

Traxxion Dynamics’ Staff Completes Training at Öhlins

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Traxxion Dynamics’ Staff Completes Training at Öhlins USA’s new Technical Training Center

Members of the staff of Traxxion Dynamics comprised the first class to attend service and sales training at Öhlins USA’s new Technical Training Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The new state-of-the-art facility is a key component in Öhlins ongoing commitment to providing their customers with highly trained Authorized Service Centers to support their complete line of products. The ultimate goal is for any industry related company to be able to use the facility for all types of training across all market segments.
Traxxion Dynamics has been servicing Öhlins components since its inception in 1998, but never in any official capacity. Traxxion’s President, Max McAllister thought it was finally time to change that.

According to McAllister, “We represent several product lines in addition to the products we manufacture under the Traxxion brand at our facility in Atlanta. Öhlins has a much broader product range than any other company in the world. It simply makes good business sense for us to become an Authorized Service Center and help meet their customer’s installation and service needs in the field. After all, service and technical support is what our company is best known for.

Over the years we have customers who love our company, and are also brand loyal to Öhlins. We just want them to be able to buy their components and get service and tech support in one place. Now they will be able to. I believe it’s a win-win for both of our companies.

The new Technical Training Center is just incredible, and the staff at Öhlins USA was extremely thorough in guiding us through all the intricate details of selling and servicing all of their components. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Mike Hensley, Sales Manager at Öhlins USA feels the same way. “I was excited to hear that Max and the guys from Traxxion were interested in building a stronger relationship with Öhlins. They have a strong reputation for outstanding customer service which I believe is a good fit and will benefit both companies as well as Öhlins customers.”

Öhlins Aftermarket Steering-Damper Recall

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Öhlins Aftermarket Steering-Damper Bracket Safety Recall Expanded

Hendersonville, North Carolina: Öhlins Racing AB has discovered that the safety issue of the possibility of cracks occurring in the brackets of the aftermarket steering damper kits, effects more model numbers than originally listed in the previous recall notice for BMW steering damper kits SD 033, SD 037 and SD 038, issued in June 2013.

The cause of this expanded recall is material that was machined in an unfavorable direction, in combination with probable material defect, causing the aluminum alloy to be sensitive to stress-corrosion cracking. This recall is valid for the additional steering damper kits listed below, that were produced from September 2008 until October 2013.

The issue does not exist on steering damper kits currently being produced. Seven known cases have been discovered so far, and as a result of this Öhlins Racing AB has decided to recall all steering damper brackets of specific batches. There is a risk that the bracket will fail, allowing it to slide on the cylinder body of the damper, resulting in less steering angle in one direction, or possibly asymmetric damping. Either of these events are cause for concern.

Customers with a steering damper listed below, need to contact their dealer, or Öhlins USA. A page is available on the www.ohlinsusa.com website, where the specific batch numbers of the affected damper brackets are listed. Any questions can be answered by using the contact information provided on that page. New brackets will be made available to dealers for replacement with a preliminary starting date in November, 2013. Please remove the recalled steering damper before using the motorcycle!

We apologize for this manufacturing issue. Safety is of the highest importance to Öhlins Racing AB and its affiliates. Customers will receive a replacement bracket without charge or shipping costs.

Recalled Steering Damper Part numbers (Only batches of these part numbers, as listed on ohlinsusa.com are affected.):

SD000, SD 001, SD002, SD003, SD004, SD005, SD020, SD027, SD031, SD041, SD120, SD124, SD137, SD154, SD170, SD178, SD180, SD182, SD183, SD197, SD215

Öhlins 2014 TTX GP Hypersport and Racing Shock

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TTX-GP

Öhlins 2014 TTX GP Hypersport and Racing Shock for Street and Track

Hendersonville, North Carolina: Hot and ready for the grid after winning the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike title, and sweeping the podium with Josh’s Herrin and Hayes of Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, and Martin Cardenas of Yoshimura Racing Suzuki, respectively, Öhlins introduces the latest version of its multi-time, championship-winning twin-tube technology shock, the TTX GP.

On the newly released TTX GP shock, compression and rebound adjustors are updated with new needle profiles, resulting in improved flow guidance and volume control, for more precise and consistent damping fine tuning. The available range of adjustment is also now broader, while establishing a new industry standard of minimized shock-to-shock variance. These advances allow for improved chassis feedback, giving the rider enhanced control.

The TTX GP’s primary piston is redesigned for improved traction and feel, optimizing the established components of the TTX GP’s lineage from the ground-breaking TTX36. The TTX GP also has Moto GP style damping adjustors. As with all twin-tube TTX shocks by Öhlins, the TTX GP has completely segregated compression and rebound damping, and no risk of cavitation.

The TTX GP will be available in applications for most major sportbikes, and is equally suited to enhance a rider’s control and confidence on the street and on the racetrack. Racers. Track-day riders, or street enthusiasts, can use the dealer-locator on the Öhlins USA website to find the closest certified Öhlins retailer.

Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com

Öhlins Riders Win Races – Lead AMA Championships

Comfortable Doesn’t Mean Lazy: Öhlins Riders Win Races, Lead AMA Championships

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Hendersonville, North Carolina: This weekend, at the AMA Pro Road Racing Round 8, at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, New Jersey, Öhlins racers dominated the dominating with wins in both Superbike races, both Daytona Sportbike races, and both Supersport races, confirming that the Öhlins comfort of control is securely leading in AMA Pro Racing’s Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, and Supersport West classes.

Graves Yamaha took the wins in each Superbike class race, with the Joshes of Herrin and Hayes sharing the top step of the podium; Herrin winning Saturday, Hayes winning Sunday, Öhlins winning on both days. Martin Cardenas earned two third-place finishes on those podiums with his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory racing team, buffering his third-place standings in the 2013 Superbike championship behind Herrin and Hayes, and ensuring an Öhlins sweep of the top-three places for the season.

It was double wins for a single racer in the Daytona Sportbike doubleheader, with Cameron Beaubier conquering in Race One and Two on his YES/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha. In Race One, three teams participated in the all-Yamaha, all-Öhlins podium, with Jake Lewis earning second on his Mean Motorsports Racing YZF-R6, followed by Jake Gagne on his RoadRace Factory YZF-R6. In DSB Race Two, behind Beaubier was his YES/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff, with the all-Öhlins podium rounded out by Bobby Fong on his D&D Cycles Triumph. Like in Superbike, it’s again turning into a certain sweep of the championship podium, with Beaubier, Gagne, and Gerloff owning those positions with one event remaining.

In Supersport action, it was a first-second trade from Race One to Race Two, with Hayden Gillim riding the Team 95 Yamaha to the first first, and the second second, trading with Thomas Puerta, who earn the second first and the first second, in this tightly contest and supremely entertaining middleweight class battle. If that’s not clear, Gillim won, then he finished second, and Thomas Puerta finished second and then he won, the later doing so on his RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6.

One event to go: the combined WSBK/AMA pro racing event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 27-29. To watch this season-closing event you need to do it the old fashion way: in person. No TV.

Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com

The Three-Part Story of Öhlins on the Web

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The Three-Part Story of Öhlins on the Web and App-Like Thing: No Paper Cuts

Hendersonville, North Carolina: For free, at home, at work, or at the café, immediately today, you can view the all-new, beautifully produced, product webzines from Öhlins Racing AB, each showcasing a particular line of suspension: MC Street, Motorsport (Auto), and Road & Track Automotive. They’re informative, entertaining, full color, and in hi-fidelity.

Each of these three Öhlins publications is handsomely designed, and tells the story of Öhlins from its founding by Kenth Öhlin in 1976, up through today’s latest Mechatronic and technical innovations. These ‘zines are displayed in a classic, faux, page-turning and lavish format, just like that paper stuff you used to hold in your hands.

To access these publications go to: www.ohlinsusa.com. On the top menu bar, click “Catalogues.” The page will open showing the cover of each catalogue; click on the one desired. In the online versions, paging and enlarging or reducing is accomplished with one simple click each. To access the mobile versions, find the ‘zines on your device just as above; the difference then is in page turning and sizing, which, like most smart phone graphics, are accomplished by thumbs flipping or parting.

These handsome publications are not fitment guides, with listings of part numbers, but are created with the enthusiast in mind, showing off Öhlins brand, its laurels, its history, and its culture and future. Öhlins has learned that many auto enthusiasts don’t know of its extensive history of winning at every level of racing, staring with MX, and many performance enthusiasts don’t know that Öhlins now has trend-setting suspension for American-made Baggers. The MC Street publication covers all of our street products from the twin-tube TTX technology for hypersports bikes and BMWs, to the single-tube twin shocks for V-twins and classic bikes.

For auto enthusiasts, the Motorsports book gives an overview of Öhlins successes in prototype racing, Grand Prix, open-wheel series around the world, and oval racing from pavement to dirt track. The Road & Track Automotive ‘zine features Öhlins latest applications for a growing number of performance autos, for every-day driving or weekend racing.

In addition to these publications are Öhlins USA’s new online dealer locator, and online fitment guide for motorcycles. Each of these can also be found at the top menu bar. To find the dealer closest to wherever you want a dealer to be closest to, just type in a zip code and hit find. On the fitment page just type in your motorcycle’s Make, Model , and Year, and all applicable Öhlins products will be listed.

Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its proprietary and trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com

Steering Damper Bracket Recall Certain BMW Dampers

Steering Damper Bracket Recall for Three BMW Dampers

Ohlins Bracket
Ohlins Bracket

Öhlins Racing AB has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in the aftermarket steering dampers SD033/SD038 for the BMW S1000 RR and SD037 for the BMW R1200R.

Öhlins Racing AB has therefore decided to recall all affected aftermarket steering damper brackets of these models to rectify the issue.
The cause is material being machined in an unfavorable direction in combination with probable material defect and the aluminum alloy being sensitive for stress corrosion cracking.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Although there is no risk for losing the control during normal riding, there is a risk that the bracket will fail when the steering is used to maneuver the bike in a small radius or if there is a maximum steering angle used in one direction. We therefore strongly urge you to remove the steering damper before using the bike! It can be a safety issue to use the bike with this steering damper mounted with this bracket.

The material in question was replaced by Öhlins Racing AB after July 10th 2012 and this problem does no longer exist on steering dampers produced after this date.

We therefore ask you to remove the steering damper bracket and send it to us using the contact details below. We will receive new brackets for the steering damper that will rectify this problem.

You will not bear any costs for this. Öhlins Racing AB will through us cover for all costs related to dismantling the steering damper bracket and sending it to us. If you chose to have the new steering damper bracket installed by an Öhlins center or dealer instead of installing it yourself following the Öhlins mounting instructions, those costs will be covered as well.

If you no longer are the owner of the bike with this steering damper bracket mounted, please provide us with information about the new owners, again using contact details below.

Batch numbers for the steering dampers in question can be found on page 3. You can find the batch number on the steering damper, stamped on the steering damper body. Please send the faulty bracket to Öhlins USA. Use the pre-paid address label and box from the correct bracket. Don’t forget to put your name and address information in the box. This is important for us so we can trace all claims.

If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact us using the contact details below.

If you are the lessor of this vehicle, please forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days to comply with federal regulations.
If you have already paid to have your steering damper bracket repaired for this condition, you may be eligible for reimbursement of the charges you paid for the repair. To learn more about what you need to do to obtain reimbursement, contact Öhlins USA. Contact details below.

If after having attempted to take advantage of this recall you believe you have not been able to have your steering damper bracket remedied without charge and within a reasonable amount of time, you may submit a complaint to the Adminstrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.; Washingtong D.C., 20590; or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safecar.gov.

Appendix 1: Batch numbers for steering dampers to be recalled

BATCH NUMBERS FOR STEERING DAMPERS WITH THIS BRACKET

SD 033 128351
SD 033 128352
SD 033 128432
SD 033 128650
SD 033 128738
SD 033 128794
SD 033 129238
SD 033 129647
SD 033 129670
SD 033 129712
SD 033 129946
SD 033 130555
SD 033 130582
SD 033 130789
SD 033 131127
SD 033 131562
SD 033 131766
SD 033 132234
SD 033 132560
SD 033 303667
SD 037 131684
SD 037 303936
SD 038 131657
SD 038 131894
SD 038 304004

Mechatronic Shock for a Motorcycle Manufactured without Electronic Suspension

An Öhlins’ World’s First (and Kawasaki Exclusive):

Mechatronic Shock for a Motorcycle Manufactured without Electronic Suspension

Hendersonville, North Carolina: Öhlins extends its lead in the development of Advanced Suspension Technology with the launch of the first electronically controlled (EC) shock absorber for the “hypersport” motorcycle segment. This Mechatronic shock for the Kawasaki ZX-10R is the first-ever EC shock offered for a motorcycle that wasn’t manufactured with EC suspension.

Ohlins Kawasaki KA 035
Ohlins Kawasaki KA 035

The Superbike damper used in this Mechatronic application is the latest, multiple-championship winning Öhlins TTX36 MkII shock absorber, which has just added the 2012 WSBK and AMA Superbike Championships to its laurels. The TTX36 MkII is a twin-tube design, featuring totally segregated compression and rebound damping, allowing precise tuning. Just updated for 2012, the TTX36 MkII has steel tubes to resist deflection, and a redesigned piston band for improved bump absorption.

The Öhlins Mechatronics system has been in development for a number of years, winning a World Superbike event in 2007 at Donington Park. With the evolution of the sophisticated electronics of modern, hypersport bikes, the time has come for Öhlins to launch the first EC aftermarket application for the fastest motorcycle segment, providing street and track-day riders their own, personal, professional, suspension tuner.

The first application for the hypersport Mechatronic shock is the 2011-2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R, the bike that in 2012 achieved the most pole positions and podium finishes for a rider in the WSBK series, missing out on the title by a record-setting, impossibly small margin of half of a point behind another Öhlins TTX equipped rider: Max Biaggi 358; Tom Sykes 357.5, (nine poles, four wins, 13 podium finishes).

The Öhlins Mechatronic suspension for the Kawasaki ZX-10R includes a TTX36 MkII shock absorber, fitted with Öhlins EC actuators that are wired to an Öhlins ECU. The system is connected to the ZX-10R’s ECU, using signals from it to determine rider intentions by monitoring the way in which the bike is ridden: throttle position, rpm range, wheel speed, etc.. The Öhlins Mechatronic system reacts to the rider’s quantitative needs, as revealed by the actual riding dynamics. The semi-active Mechatronic suspension continuously changes the damping settings dependent on the aggressiveness of riding style. All of the Mechatronic’s adjustments occur while riding, but the system also detects the rider’s choice of Power Mode, selected with the OEM-supplied button on the bike, automatically changing the suspension to sportier settings.

Programing upgrade possibilities will be offered in the future, and, as with any Öhlins shock absorber, the TTX36 MkII Mechatronic shock is serviceable at Öhlins Service Centers worldwide and, as with all Öhlins shocks, is completely rebuildable.

Peter Andersson, Product Manager Motorcycle, at Öhlins Racing AB, commented: “Our hypersport range is already mightily impressive, and with this first EC aftermarket application for the hypersport segment we’ve created a new product that’s in a category of its own. 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 R1200 GS, this is another significant step forward for our technology. The ZX-10R is a fantastic bike to debut this system on, enhancing the bike’s already great performance with the combination of Öhlins’ TTX36 Shock and Mechatronic technology.”

The Öhlins Mechatronic system has exclusive application for the 2011-13 Kawasaki ZX-10R: 2011-12 ZX-10R, Part #:KA 035, MSRP: $1,625.00; 2013 ZX-10R, Part #: KA 040, $1,625.00

Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com