When you think of WP suspension, off-road racing and KTM may come to mind. KTM no longer owns WP Suspension, however, and WP Suspension has expanded into the road market. Indeed, the Moto2 World champion Johann Zarco dominated the series this year on WP suspension. Zarco clinched the title early, and has a chance to set records for the most points ever earned by a Moto2 rider in a single season, and the most podium finishes. Don’t be surprised if you see WP Suspension on a MotoGP bike within the next few years.
WP is already providing OEM suspension for KTM street bikes, including MD’s 2014 Bike of the Year, the KTM 1190 Adventure.
Last evening in Temecula, California, not far from the Murietta headquarters of WP Suspension North America, WP brought together a group of journalists to announce its 2016 products. In addition to updates to its existing line of off-road and on-road suspension products, including forks incorporating WP’s unique Cone Valve technology, WP unveiled a new off-road air fork, appropriately called the AER 48. In addition to dropping 3 pounds of weight from the standard steel-spring fork, the AER 48 allows the rider to customize the spring rate with the use of an air pump. Air suspension is arguably the future, even for road bikes, and WP indicates the AER 48 is just the beginning of its development of this technology.
If you are interested in the technical details, or a look at WP’s full catalog of suspension products, visit WP’s website.