Öhlins’ Mechatronics system starts with the company’s TTX shocks, with the compression and rebound adjusters replaced with small stepper motors. The technology, dubbed TTX EC (Electronically Controlled), has been used previously on Yamaha Snowmobile models and is part of Ducati’s Electronic Suspension package on the Multistrada and 1199 Panigale models, which allows the rider to change settings through the dashboard. With Mechatronics, however, the stepper motors take their commands from a dedicated ECU which connects to the bike’s ECU. The system was first used by the Yamaha World Superbike team in 2008, and is now offered as a kit for the R 1200 GS equipped with ESA II — which has a Telelever front end and can use two TTX shocks. The Mechatronics ECU connects directly to the BMW’s CAN bus, taking sensor information already available and changing damping settings accordingly. ESA already offers Comfort, Normal and Sport modes; because the Mechatronics system interacts with the stock ECU, these riding modes are retained along with the handlebar controls. The system alters damping based on speed, automatically switching from Comfort to Normal if speed exceeds 50 mph, and from Normal to Sport at more than 75 mph. Cost for the BMW kit is $3279.