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Unless you’ve got the wheelie skills of Dougie Lampkin (who managed a whole lap of the TT on the back wheel), you’re probably as needy as the rest of us on a bike’s forks. We caught up with suspension guru Michael at K-Tech to learn more about them…

Tech Talk

Look at those sexy forkers!

FB: Are all fork legs the same?

MH: Essentially, you have two main types of fork systems which are open cartridge and closed cartridge – with many different types of system within them. An open cartridge fork basically means that the oil within the cartridge is the same as the oil on the outside with one common oil chamber, which is principally an easier fork to live with. The closed cartridge forks have a pressurised area at the end of the cartridge which is sealed off, and will essentially offer a more consistent damping that will work better in extreme conditions. The trade-off is that they’re harder to maintain.

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In this month's issue of Fast Bikes ... - Top 10 UK Blasts 11 pages of listed mapped & rated rides - BSB preview the teams, the bkes, the drama - Ducati V4 First UK road test - Hone your riding senses - Buy a used CBR600F sport - Making sense of fork legs - Master Oulton park - Middleweight Maestros KTM 790 Duke and Yamaha Mt-07 - Win helmet & gloves