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Guess I shouldn't bitch about the grass that needs cutting or mention the flowers on the magnolia.
"Non urinat in ventum"
Bikes been great so far, going to hit the dyno again in a few weeks to continue to fine tune it.
I think I can add some more timing and tweak the jets a bit more.
I do have one fork seal that weeps a bit... I hate fork seals.
I've also noticed the increasingly occasional failure to turn over when the starter button is pushed. I'll push it, hear a faint click from the (brand new Ricks electric) solenoid and then nothing. It will crank eventually, but sometimes I need to hit the button several times or hold it for a few seconds.
Really the only thing I can think of is a dying starter. I've already ordered a new one which should get here next week. This project is a regular houdinis wand
If fork seals become a regular problem then the fork legs are possibly worn oval or the bushings if it has them are bad, hydraulic seals can not tolerate any misalignment,
the loads need to be carried totally by the slide guide bushings and the fork leg bore they ride in, the best the fork seal can do is to hold back the oil and air pressure, plus maybe keep out some dirt and water.
Want to see a fork leak almost instantly, smear a little Pine pitch on the stanchion tube and ride it for a bit, that will do it.
unfortunately there is no replaceble bushes in them forks
but it is not a hard turning project to counterbore just below the seal gland and fit an upper DU bushing
a stopgaup[ or possible permenant fix is to clip 4 or 5 coils of the female end of the seal lip energisong spring
they simply screw together
and you simply unscrew to clip of some coils
when putting it back together you want to pre-unwind the spring ends so that the joined round unit is not taco-ed