Wheel packages, frame angles and ground clearance get most of the credit for every well-built chopper's "stance," but forks deserve some of the credit, too. If the length, width or technology of your fork aren't right for your bike, you'll know it the first time any honest friend stops by your garage to check out your project.
Twisted trees, floppy cables, front wheel crab-walking down the highway… all these and more are telltale signs of a backstreet builder who didn't dot his "i's" and cross his "t's" during his mock-up. When you consider the job it has to do—namely, to aim 800 pounds of man and machine past cellphone-wielding soccer moms and drunk NASCAR dads with precision and speed—the front end is the most important part of your motorcycle. Choose yours wisely, and make sure it looks the way you dreamed of and works the way it's supposed to.