Moto Morini are working with Mupo to create the first production motorcycle with magnetically adjustable suspension. The Italian suspension brand already produce aftermarket kits, but this will be the first time they’ve worked with a manufacturer to fully integrate the system.
How it works
This test mule has conventional forks and rear shock with normal springs, but they’re filled with a special fluid containing metallic particles. When a charge is introduced into the units, the viscosity of the fluid increases and decreases in an instant, to control rebound and compression. Conventional semi-active suspension units have motors to adjust the damping that can’t react as fast.
The main benefit of electronic suspension is it can remain soft for comfort and grip, but stiffen to take the load of braking and acceleration when you need it without the need for spanners.
What does it feel like?
We twisted Morini’s arm to let us ride their prototype. It’s work in progress, but it has all the hallmarks of semi-active suspension, offering a plush ride and a cossetting sense of grip. The rear is particularly supportive on the throttle, but the forks are too harsh under braking. At the moment the suspension is only working from basic information stored in the bike, but Moto Morini are working on adding more sensors to refine the system.
The new suspension could be available on selected models as soon as next year.