The geometry of the Telelever is unique, but it obviously does its job well. So why change? There are a few possibilities: Because of its variable geometry, Telelever feedback may feel less precise even as it delivers improved ride quality. A conventional fork may cost less overall and may weigh less too, but I think the biggest reason for the change had, ironically, nothing to do with suspension. It’s the radiator. The latest version of BMW’s signature boxer engine is liquid-cooled and thus needs a radiator, and a radiator can’t be located in the conventional central location with the Telelever because the suspension arm swings through that area. On the GS model the solution was to fit two radiators, one on each side of the Telelever arm. Because the GS has a wide handlebar and dirt bike-like radiator shrouds, the wider, two-radiator setup worked in terms of styling and ergonomics. (Dual radiators work into the RT’s styling as well.) This wasn’t the case with the roadster; to allow a conventional radiator arrangement, the Telelever had to go.