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I honestly thought Yamaha’s 1993 GTS1000 heralded the beginning of the end of telescopic fork front suspension. Yet here we are, 22 years later and besides BMW’s Telelever and Duolever technology (and the Bimota Tesi… -Ed.), the telescopic fork remains de rigueur for motorcycle front ends.

Depending on who you ask, the telescopic fork made its first appearance in undamped fashion circa 1908 on a Scott motorcycle. The experiment didn’t last, as later models used the more contemporary girder suspension. BMW and/or Nimbus, circa 1934, are credited with producing the first motorcycles with a hydraulically damped telescopic fork. Using that date as an anchor, hydraulically damped telescopic forks have been in development for 81 years.
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BMW just did away with the Telelever on the 2015 R1200R. That bike now comes with inverted, hydraulically-dampened telescopic front forks. A lot of folks in the BMW riding community are not happy with this change, others love it!
 

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I just go to the store and try them till I find one that feels good in my hand. If it feels good I'll like to eat my food with it. :D:eek:uttahere:
 
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