Mate,Just noticed my left fork seal is leaking. I was planning on rebuilding both forks over the winter.
I have two options:
1: head straight home, about 1200 miles ish, mostly through the Great Plains.
2: my original route: head west to black canyon, then down towards the million dollar highway, over to great sand dunes, then home.
Option 2 adds a couple days and several hundred miles through twisty roads.
Is it safe to put down that many miles on twisty roads with the seal leaking?
I was going to order a seal doctor but it won’t get here in time so I’m gonna try to pick one up on the way.
I’ve read tons of threads on rebuilding forks and cleaning the seals but I didn’t see anything about what to do in this situation if you are a few days from home and if it’s safe to ride.
remove the legs from the triple clamps, and take the bare legs to
a motorcycle shop... preferably a Kwaka dealer as they should have the seals and dust covers in stock as well as the special tools needed for forks. They should appreciate that you've done the largest (but simple) part of the work too.
Tell them you had a leak and to replace the oil, the seals and the dust covers.
Most motorcycle mechanics have done the job many many times and there should
be no problems and cost less than a total of $200.
Having said that, when you get the legs back, check they
are the same length... (within a millimetre or 1/25 inch) as there is a male thread and lock nut in the system that can effect the overall length of the leg... and "experts" have failed to notice
that feature on your type of fork legs. On second thoughts, tell the technician
about the leg length situation when you hand the legs over... that way, if he doesnt already know that, he (or she) is forewarned and has no excuse not to get that right in the first place.