I was chatting to my old boy about changing the forks and he threw up a couple of things I hadn’t thought too much about. Rake & trail, affected by the fork length, steering head angle, dropout offset and fork crown offset. I’ve seen enough pictures of CPIs with different forks to know they can fitted but there’s no way to know how the handling has been affected without riding. It could be the same, it could be better, it could be worse.
That’s the thing that’s still making me think about the Taiwanese forks more than the cost. Imagine the ball ache caused by buying forks overseas, having them altered, sent here, then trying to find someone who knows what they are doing to fit them, all the time trying to keep your wife from killing you for giving her all the translation duties. I’d drop an extra 10k to get Showa or WP or whatever no worries if I knew they’d go straight on.
I got the bonus I’ve been waiting for, so I’ll be getting my CPI next payday as long as the shiela doesn’t find something we “need” to spend it on before then.