WP Suspension was founded in 1977 in the Netherlands and has become the largest motorbike suspension producer in Europe, and have conquered the market through their continual development work and long-running experience in all motorsport disciplines.
The new, 11.000m2 WP Suspension premises in Malden (The Netherlands), house a total of 200 employees developing and manufacturing suspension components.
Customer’s satisfaction is very important to WP Suspension, this has been achieved through high standards of quality and WP continues to excel in the market through it’s high-end motorbike suspension components.
WP suspension components are tested throughout the world – on the road, in the desert, in snow, on the Cross-Enduro tracks and on various race tracks.
The origin of WP Suspension can be traced back to early 1975, Wim Peters the founder of WP Suspension crashed hard on his bike and was injured quite badly. During the time of his recovery, which took more than 12 months, he spend all his time in his small workshop looking for ways to improve the shock absorbers on his bike.
The result of his research and development were so successful that more and more MX riders became interested in using 'Wim Peters’ shocks. One of the early successful MX riders that used "WP" shocks was Dutch MX hero, Gerrit Wolsink (aka "the flying dentist"). Soon many others followed, Kees van der Ven, Heinz Kinigadner, Dave Strijbos, John van den Berk and many other MX, side-car and enduro riders.
After these first successes, the one-man-operation soon turned into a 'real' business. After being founded officially, in late 1977, WP immediately realised that comfort, safety and motorcycle performance could be considerably improved through the use of high quality shock absorbers.
In the early years unrestrained effort was put into further developing and testing shock absorbers, specifically for competitive motorcycling. Ultimately this lead to the enormous product range of high performance suspension products WP Suspension is offering today.
From the beginning, the outstanding quality of the shock absorbers was clearly evident from the construction, the materials used and the adjustment options. Use of WP shock absorbers led to many great successes for competitive motorcyclists of all motor sport disciplines all over the world, within several years, the good reputation of the WP Suspension factory in the Netherlands had been firmly established world wide. Practical knowledge and enthusiastic efforts in the field of technological innovation and co-operation with top motorcyclists had borne fruit.
This knowledge was used to develop an extensive range of "after market" as well as OEM products which are used by motorcycle manufacturers such as KTM, Husaberg, CCM and BMW.
Production is realised using computer controlled equipment and first-class engineers and assembly personnel. Manual and automatic quality control is employed systematically throughout the entire production process. Thanks to a distribution network that effectively covers the entire world, many motorcycle enthusiasts are using WP's technically refined and extremely strong suspension. WP's service and spare part stock remains available for many years for the benefit of maintenance and eventual changes in the application of the shock absorbers and front forks currently in use.