Touratech Extreme Shock: built for adventure

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“If NASA built suspension for adventure motorcycles, they’d be happy with this one,” says Touratech Product Manager Matt Wilson. The company tasked its engineers with designing the absolute last word in ADV suspension, the Extreme Shock is what they came up with.

The Extreme Shock’s specs read just like those of a high-end road racing unit: separate adjusters for high- and low-speed compression damping, adjustable rebound damping, remote reservoir, low-friction seals and adjustable ride height. Then things start to get a bit weird. There’s also 50 percent more preload available than a stock unit, an over-size 16mm shaft made from high-strength chrome-moly steel and last, but not least, a unique Position-dependent Damping that increases damping rates as the shock nears the end of its compression to prevent bottoming out.

Why the need for such an over-built device? Start loading up an already heavy ADV bike with crash protection, fuel and gear, then ride it like a dirt bike and you’re going to be putting absolutely massive forces through its suspension. Not only can you tailor the Extreme Shock to the specific load and conditions, but it’s built strong enough that it’ll keep working through whatever abuse you can throw at it. By preventing the suspension from hitting its stops, the shock also adds an extra element of control and safety exactly when you need it.

With prices starting at $1,795, the Extreme Shock is going to draw unwelcome comparisons to other NASA projects, but for those that need such an, err, extreme product, it’s utterly unique in the market.

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  • Dan

    suspension tech continues to evolve,
    this makes me happy.
    I’ll be even happier in a few years when the price comes down!

    • http://www.facebook.com/adriaansinke Adriaan Sinke

      Prices going down an a Touratech product? That would be a first..
      My guess is that they can make more margin on this than on reselling off the shelve Ohlins products.. Add some ADV farkle bling, put a Touratech sticker on and presto! Instant sales to the Ewan and Charley crowd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SashaPave Sasha Pave

    Beautiful! If you only have 7″ of travel on 600lbs, gotta make the best of it.

  • yipY

    Quote:”“If NASA built suspension for adventure motorcycles, they’d be happy with this one,” says Touratech Product Manager Matt Wilson.” What is self praise worth? Comparisons to NASA? Meh.

  • Beale

    Prices STARTING at $1795. Touratech is shameless. Pick a good shock, go to your local suspension expert and get it all dialed in for you and your riding style. You’ll be happier and have more money for further farklelization.

  • Bugsy

    What a joke. The last shock I would buy. First, Touratech is not a suspension authority. Second, you can easily buy a shock that performs as good or better from any number of companies, including Wilbers, Racetech, Ohlins, Hyperpro, etc. etc. All of these companies have years of experience, and will custom build to your riding specifications. Touratech makes some nice stuff, but really, it’s overpriced and not always the shiz.

    • yipY

      I would like to know where the individual components for these shocks are made and where they are assembled.There is no mention of what country they come from on their website as far as I can see.My guess is Chinese or Indian parts assembled in Taiwan.The percentage of profit in a shock is extreme,it is basically just a chrome shaft,an ally tube and a few shims and washers that cost very little to source.

      • nick

        Hardly ‘extreme’ profit. Springs? Sure. The rest? Nope. There simply aren’t large enough volumes and damn near every application is unique. There is no economy of scale with high end suspensions unless you can manage to ammortize your tooling and R&D over production models (like Ohlins). Even with Ohlins, the market is relatively small.