Wilbers has been a big name in the field of suspension for over 35 years. Recently, the company based in Germany (with Dutch roots) has a new product in its program: the LDC Nivomat, a system that regulates the ride height and damping itself!
The system was created by Wilbers in collaboration with the German ZF. This is where the Nivomat section comes from, a system that ZF ever developed for cars. In 2015, Benny Wilbers talks to Thomas Meyer of ZF about the possibility of making the Nivomat system suitable for engines. A year later, the first prototype of a mono shock absorber, which was tested on a Suzuki Bandit 1250, followed. When a Harley-Davidson-driving engineer later joined the project, a two-piece damper set for a Street Glide was also developed in 2018. In the meantime, only a third version has been completed, for BMW GS models. But what is it? LDC stands for “Level & Damping Control”, ie row height and damping. In addition to the system regulating it automatically, the spring constant also adjusts to the load. This means that you have a soft spring when driving solo without luggage, and a hard one with luggage and passenger. Sounds like an electronic art, but it’s not. The system is completely free of any electronics and is simply mounted in place of the original shock absorber. There is not even a single adjustable knob.
But how exactly does it work, and how much does the joke cost? Read all about it in MotoPlus 22/2021. Would you rather have a new edition on the doormat every two weeks? Need to click here for a moment.
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