How it all came about

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The telelever sys­tem is eas­i­est de­scribed as an ‘A’ arm or ‘wish­bone’ that’s been mounted to the slid­ers just above the wheel; it orig­i­nated from a de­sign by Bri­tish com­pany Saxon-Mo­todd in the early 1980s.

The BMW telelever, from Sax­onMo­todd’s orig­i­nal de­sign, went one step fur­ther in chas­sis con­struc­tion. The now patented telelever front wheel sus­pen­sion has an ad­di­tional swingarm mounted to the frame sup­port­ing the spring. This causes the rake and trail to in­crease dur­ing brak­ing in­stead of de­creas­ing as with tra­di­tional tele­scopic forks.

While there were other, smaller bike builders who made weird front ends such as Tony Foale (early 1980s) and Jack Difazio (late 1960s) the only other man­u­fac­turer to ven­ture into the telelever front end for the masses was Yamaha which tried the sys­tem on the famed GTS tourer – although the big bike failed to grab the imag­i­na­tion of the buy­ing public.

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