How it all came about
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.