By the same token, it’s universally acknowledged that the motorcycle fork is a thoroughly unsatisfactory idea. There are multiple reasons for this. It gives the wheel tremendous leverage against the headtube, while offering virtually no lateral stiffness. The steering geometry changes directly, and considerably, with load and travel. Last but not least, you have the engineering nightmare known as “stiction,” which is the resistance caused by bending or flexing of the fork in its travel. Unlike a shock absorber in a well-designed car, a motorcycle fork operates at an angle to the forces acting on it. The more fork rake you have, the more stiction you’ll have, and there’s no cure for the disease.