Interesting. Guess I wasn't too far off with my KECS theory all that time ago:
Negative. No ECS in WSBK or MotoGP. They have linear potentiometers on the forks and shock to monitor suspension travel for tuning and data acquistion but it is not a feedback system where it is adjusting live on the track. Even most of the fast guys at track days or regional racing will pull the semi-active stuff in favor of the good old bits and pieces that you manually adjust.
The only real benefit of an active suspension is for the guys that go from the street right to the track for the weekend and then back to the street come Monday. You don't have to mess with a whole shit ton of settings before you leave for the track and when you get back home. Provided your suspension is set for your weight you can pretty much just cut loose on the track and have the suspension tighten up and then when you're back on the street relaxing it loosens up a bit.
That doesn't sound fun at all lolAlso something to think about. On the BMW if you lose power (electrical or motor) while riding the suspension locks up and will NOT move. This can cause some major issues while trying to stop the bike. I'm curious if the Kawi will do the same.
Yup two totally different systems. The "semi active" systems are basically an electric flapper valve. The valve opens and closes in milliseconds and simulates damping based on a number of inputs. These valves are in a closed state at zero power which is why they lock up when power is removed.Just had a call with a friend, he had the 2011 multistrada ohlins electronic... he is a very very fast rider....
he also owns a zx10r gen4 and now a gen5.
he tells me that the old ohlins you preadjusted electronically and the bike just stayed there and It was very nice at hi speeds.
The new multistrada 2016, he tells me the bike mid corner starts to act and move around and change feelings...
Not everyone is a track elitist though where you only need to set it and forget it pretty much, for the same piece of road over and over again. And plus we all know most times if not always, OEM sucks and either needs to be tweaked or replaced all together and it seems the tweaking is usually figured out and done best by riders that are on forums like this. I think its a step in a interesting direction. Its application may not be intended for track only riders.My teammate is racing a BMW, he had to rip out all the active suspension and replace it when he started to get fairly quick.
Don't see it as a good thing outside of the average street rider - but for anyone really using the bikes the way they are intended, seems to be a step down. Hopefully you could still order one without (just like you can order without the ABS).