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    Lowered 2011 R12RT and ESA

    I just purchased a lowered 2011 R1200RT. I understand that this makes it so the ESA does not work.

    In my manual it shows a dial under the seat to manually adjust the spring pre-load. However, when I look under my seat I don't see any type of manual adjuster for the spring pre-load. Does this mean my suspension can not be adjusted?

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    Is there an ESA button on the left cluster?

    Examine the shock itself. Does there appear to be any kind of electrical actuator installed? Did the previous owner install some kind of aftermarket shock?

    If you're not sure, take a picture of that area and post it here. The shock's top attach point is that bolt you can see between the (2) and (3) in the picture. We would need to clearly see the shock body between the upper and lower mount to opine.

    I have a 2013 factory-lowered RT and do have that adjuster. The only thing that makes sense to me is that there's an aftermarket shock installed and the adjuster (assuming there is one) is located somewhere else back there.
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    I'd start by looking at the shock to look for any adjustments and a manufacturer's name.

    The pictured adjuster is for the factory manual preload adjuster, but you bike might have started life as standard ESA model and then been lowered by a previous owner using a shorter aftermarket shock. Is there an ESA button on the left handlebar?

    Or, the original manual low shock may have just been replaced by an aftermarket version due to wear.
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    It has an ESA button but nothing changes when I cycle throuh the settings.

    This is what I have under my seat.

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    That is an ESA rear shock. The plastic box just aft of the unit (to the left and below the rear brake reservoir) is the ESA electronics and actuator for the spring preload. If it's lowered, it (the shock) was mechanically altered, most likely by sending the entire OEM shock to shop that swapped the electronic controls onto a new shock with a shorter strut. The spring looks awfully clean compared to the upper unit.

    Look for any markings. If you can, post a picture. It would be interesting to see what the rest of the shock looks like. Also, check the front shock. If it's shiny and clean my money's on the previous owner installed a set of mechanically lowered struts. This is not a problem BTY. There are reputable companies out there that do this.
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    '13 R1200RT 90th Anniversary Edition

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    That is interesting, thanks.

    I will see what I can find and take a pictures of today. I love the way the bike handles. It is amazingly responsive and fast to transition. That and the cost savings was why I went for this one and not a 2014 I tested.

    My only concern is the ability to adjust when 2 up or loaded for a trip.
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    The front spring and bottom of back spring also look very new. I could not see any branding during a quick look this morning before my commute.

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