BMW has gone a step further in suspension design with the patented telelever front wheel suspension. This system separates the two functions of wheel guidance and damping/suspension in a simple and effective manner, significantly improving ride comfort. The function of wheel guidance is still performed by the actual fork, consisting of two struts with sliding and fixed tubes. This design with the greatest possible overlap ensures a high level of stability.
A trailing link attached to the front of the frame supports the fork and front wheel. A central strut is responsible for suspension and damping. Unlike a conventional telescopic fork, the fork of the telelever system reacts with less flexing when braking or going over bumps. The fixed and sliding tubes therefore cannot jam against each other.
Further benefits of this design with telelever stanchions smaller in diameter than conventional telescopic forks are the weight advantage and an extremely responsive performance. The low unsprung masses and the quick reaction of the suspension make for excellent road contact over bumpy surfaces.
The telelever system allows geometries that minimise diving during sudden braking manoeuvres, giving the rider improved feedback. Yet another advantage of the telelever system: the electronic regulation of the antiblocking system (ABS) is more finely tuned. In spite of the pulsating brake forces, there are no pitching movements. All in all, the telelever system enhances ride comfort, satisfies the rider's passion for sport and speed, and increases safety in critical riding situations.