Unlike the 1200-LC, the liquid cooled GS and ESA-II equipped bikes have more than two settings.I've owned several BMWs with ESA, and it has always been just 2 settings. However, the softer setting changes among models.
There is also pre-loading setting option, only while in static position. AUTO-default, Min - 1up & Max - 2 up settings. Just leaving in AUTO is probably best, unless you are almost always 2-up/heavy load on the suspension, then you are just helping the ESA system with the pre-selected load info.
The OP has a R1200R. The 1200 does not have a Auto setting as a preload option.There is also pre-loading setting option, only while in static position. AUTO-default, Min - 1up & Max - 2 up settings. Just leaving in AUTO is probably best, unless you are almost always 2-up/heavy load on the suspension, then you are just helping the ESA system with the pre-selected load info.
@dbyker - those are not suspension modes, those are traction control modes. OP was talking about the suspension modes.My '18 R12GS Rallye Sport has Dynamic Pro, Road, Rain & Enduro Pro riding modes, all are useful and I use them all. I am admittedly spoiled by the technology, comfort and dynamics of this bike, why I refer to it as "The CADILLAC Of BMWs".
Awesome advice, that answers my question perfectly. Thank youHi Burgys, and welcome.
There is no Comfort ESA setting on the Roadster, just Road and Dynamic - not to be confused with the separate Rain, Road, Dynamic and User riding modes. The riding modes are various combinations of throttle response, traction and stability settings.
ESA settings can be toggled between Road and Dynamic with a double tap of the switch with the spring icon. Load settings can also be cycled through after a long press of the same button with the bike stationary and the engine running. Like your GS, the servo on the rear spring will take some seconds to wind the preload up/down as per the selected setting.
The 1250 links riding modes and Road/Dynamic suspension setting but allows subsequent adjustment, whereas on the 1200 they’re set separately as described above.