Regarding the article in the 6/06 BMWON on front end suspension and the statement about Earles forks I would like to say the following. Years ago I heard that these forks were slow and heavy handling. Sure I believed it! They look the part. Thirteen years ago I bought a 68 R69S with Earles and stubby bars. My wife drove me there and the last stretch to the sellers house is called Ten Curves Road (Germfask MI.). I told my wife to follow slowly at a safe distance because of what I had heard about the handling. When she caught up with me in Germfask I was grinning and she asked me why took off so fast. I have spent much time riding the bike in the State of West Virginia also and I find Earles forks to be stable and precise. They also "climb" in heavy braking which feels just great even in the corners as it makes the corner line tighter. Please let me know if I am so daft as not to know that I am riding a clunky dinosaur.