Fork seal gone - 12,000 service
I went to local garage today to arrange for bike to go in for recall for stator check and I noticed that one of the forks has oil smears so the seal has gone. The bike is only 22 months old and has done 12,000K. It is still under guarantee but the mechanic said that he did not think that fork seals are covered as they are considered "wear and tear". Given that I have never ridden off-road or in dusty conditions or hardly every in the rain I think this is not normal "wear and tear". The last time this happened to me was on a bike that had done 80,000K! Anybody else have any experience of seals going after such a short time?
Also, he said that he would do the 12,000k service at the same time and when I said I would do this myself he said this would invalidate the guarantee. I need to have a word with the Boss as when I bought the bike he said I could do my own servicing as long as I kept receipts to prove the work was done. I have read somewhere that a guarantee cannot be invalidated if one can prove the work was done. He also said the plugs needed to be replaced, which seems ridiculous for iridium plugs - I thought that was one of the main points of having them - that they are virtually maintenance free. He said there is about two and a half hours work (at about $100 an hour) and he said it took a long time because of the need to strip the bike down to get to plugs, air filter etc. This is time consuming, as I know, but I would rather do it myself and save a heap of cash. The one thing I am concerned about is the synchronisation of the throttle bodies. In the past on other bikes I have always done this myself with vacuum gauges but my Haynes manual says this has to be done by the dealer. On the schedule for the 12,000k it says that synchronisation has to be checked. Does anyone know whether this can be done with tank in place and why only dealer can do this? If this can be done easily I will get them to do the seal (which I will argue should be under guarantee), check the stator and do all the rest (oil change, plugs, filter check nuts and bolts) myself.
The Swiss find it the concept of home mechanics utterly baffling. The idea of pleasure in maintaining one's bike giving pleasure and satisfaction is alien to them. When I told a BMW mechanic I was going to do an oil change he just said "No, we do that!" Also, when I am riding along I like the idea that I have seen the clean oil going into the motor, I know there is a new filter and that everything is adjusted properly. I am not a professional mechanic, but there is a satisfaction in tackling and succeeding in a tricky job and one gets to know one's bike in an intimate way which makes ownership more meaningful. I am sure I am talking to the converted anyway.
2005 Honda Transalp 650
2000 Yamaha Diversion 900
1990 Honda Transalp 600
1990 BMW 100 RS
1978 Suzuki GS750
1977 Honda 400 4
1975 Suzuki 500 twin
1973 Triumph Tiger 90