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Why TÜV?

The legal requirements (in Germany) are very precise when it comes to which accessories may be fitted to a motorcycle and which may not. Using components that are not TÜV (Short for German: Technischer Überwachungs-Verein, English: Technical Inspection Association) certified can have fatal consequences. It is well known that there are motorcycle riders who always feel guilty whenever a police car goes by. This is not necessarily to do with the speed they ride at. Often it is simply because of the accessories installed on the bike. Not everything that can be retrofitted to a motorcycle must be approved or blessed by the TÜV in the first place. But when we are talking about parts that increase engine performance, for example, that affect the acoustics or the exhaust behavior, or that alter the contours of the vehicle, things are rather different. In these cases, it is not only a sensible precaution, but also an urgent requirement, to verify the parts and their interaction with the motorcycle. We at Wunderlich go to great lengths to have all of the accessories that we offer tested by the TÜV for their operating safety on the road. This is not always the case in the industry. However, we see it as our duty and our responsibility to our customers to offer only safe accessories. This is a matter of course for us and we know that our customers appreciate our efforts in this area. In the end, it is in the interests of every [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|Testing|0 Comments

Product Testing on the GS

Every product that is handed over to Wunderlich's customers has been subjected to an intensive test phase. This particularly applies to the accessories for the large Enduros: the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure. Whenever Dirk Thelen, four times Enduro master, goes on the hunt for trophies with the powerful two-cylinder in Enduro races in North Africa, it is a safe bet that his BMW has been modified with various parts from the BMW accessory specialist, Wunderlich. These parts are often prototypes that have only just been developed and that are in the middle of the trial phase. The path from the idea to the finished product is a long one. A large portion of this path involves testing, testing and testing again. A current example that is typical for the entire GS Enduro accessory range is the VARIO paralever strut. With this adjustable strut, the rider can choose between new dimensions of manageability or an excellent directional stability in a few steps. Recommending that the original strut is replaced with an aftermarket part engenders a lot of responsibility. The GS specialists can take this on at any time with a clear conscience. The first prototype had barely been individually milled and finished with silver anodized supports when it needs to prove what it is capable of. Enduro ace, Mr. Thelen, dragged his GS and its VARIO struts through the south of Spain for a good week. The modified chassis was spared no torture under the tough conditions on the stony pistes [...]

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