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    OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    on: Jul 28, 2016, 10.38 pm
    Jul 28, 2016, 10.38 pm
    I'm posting this question for a friend...would it be reasonably safe to ride approx 2,000 km on twisty roads with one fork seal leaking...albeit it's leaking very slowly? The issue is that we've planned to go on a road trip in a few weeks and one of the front fork seals has a very slow leak that can't be repaired in time (parts have to come in from the UK). The leak has been going on for some time and we've determined that it's due to a few burrs that are slowly cutting into the seal (manufacturers defect). After a day of riding there's a bit of oil on the fork but nothing so drastic that it's leaving a puddle on the ground.

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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #1 on: Jul 28, 2016, 11.23 pm
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    I would go on the trip, just wipe it clean every night.  You will probably not notice any performance handling difference.   Oh.............and no wheelies.   :001:

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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #2 on: Jul 29, 2016, 04.39 am
    Jul 29, 2016, 04.39 am
    My greatest concern would be brake fluid on the rotor.
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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #3 on: Jul 29, 2016, 06.08 am
    Jul 29, 2016, 06.08 am
    Just because its not leaking much now.... doesn't mean that in 2,000 kicks of riding it won't get worse and then as trophied said the risk of fluid on the brake disk and pads is quite high.

    When my Trophy had the relatively common fork seal problem pretty much brand new the dealership said not to ride at all and sent their van to collect the bike. Admittedly the leak was enough to cause a small pool on the floor.

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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #4 on: Jul 29, 2016, 06.29 am
    Jul 29, 2016, 06.29 am
    I would investigate other Suppliers for the parts(s) you need.

    Your friend has a "few weeks" before the trip,
    and riding on those Twisties will undoubtedly put the forks through their paces.

    If your friend has burrs that have cut through part of the seal causing it to leak,
    then it is not going to get any better, but is likely to get worse,
    and you can't assess when that will be.

    The risk would be losing more fork oil during the ride,
    to the extent that it could affect handling and loss of control,
    plus, as mentioned below, the risk of oil on the brake disc / rotor.



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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #5 on: Jul 29, 2016, 02.30 pm
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    Hmmmm........The described leak is not enough to cancel a short 1200 mi trip.
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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #6 on: Jul 29, 2016, 08.53 pm
    Jul 29, 2016, 08.53 pm
    Ok, thanks for all the feedback gents.  :028: He may end up taking his other bike (Kawasaki Vulcan) just to be safe but I don't think it'll be as much fun.  :151:
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    Re: OK To Ride On One Good Fork?
    Reply #7 on: Jul 30, 2016, 10.40 am
    Jul 30, 2016, 10.40 am
    Had the same problem when riding in Germany a couple of weeks ago. Difficult to get the parts, but I had to get back home ( Norway) Did that without problems, but checked and wiped off the little oil there was on every stop.
    Ordered new seals from here: http://www.worldoftriumph.com/triumph_motorcycle_parts_catalogue.php?model_id=621910
    And they arrived within a week. Having them changed this week.




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