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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-30-2020, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Fork seals

What the actual fork seal is going on with these stock seals?!?!?!??!! Went to take a spin tonight on my ‘05 and dumped it on the edge of the driveway and grass thankfully, so no damage to the bike. It flat out swapped ends on me as I was just letting out of the clutch. Once I got it back upright I looked at both sides of the wheel and the right side was SOAKED in fork oil as was the tire. The left side started leaking the night after I bought it as the old fellow hadn’t rode it in awhile. I was in the garage 3/4 days ago looking over the bike and nothing on it.

So needless to say folks, give ya bike the once over before throwing a leg over. Hoping to be able to go ahead and get in the shop for fork rebuild, new springs, and a new front tire. Leaning towards A Specs in either Pirelli Angel GT front and GT2 rear or Michelin Road 5GT set.

Upside, FINALLY got my 3rd gen rear shock in from Aussie land after a month and a half.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-31-2020, 10:28 AM
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Forks rarely leak in the garage. The leak starts when you are riding and pumping fluid up and down, getting it warm. Had you performed a complete inspection before departing it is very likely you would have found nothing amiss.

As for tires, the Pirelli Angel GTs are good, the -2 and the A-spec. But the only tire I would want less than a Michelin Pilot 5 is a Shinko 016.

Am very surprised at how sickenly happy I am with a Bridgestone T31 GT on front and PR4GT on rear. This combination occurred by accident when my rear T31 developed a leak that I couldn't repair. And I'm too cheap to throw away a perfectly good front T31 when it had half its tread remaining. A new PR4GT front is waiting.

The Bridgestone T30 and T31 are perhaps the best value tires for FJR today. Maybe 75% the life of PR4GT at 2/3 cost. Your cost to mount might tip cost-per-mile in favor of PR4, math required. My T31 GT front is riding sweet right to the cords, no matter the scalloping which can not be avoided.

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