trouble on the road?
hello stromtroopers from flagstaff az! we are having a wonderful trip, so far. first night new orleans french quarter, red beans & rice, beer, dixieland jazz, bourbon street, nuff said. night 2 san antonio river walk, mex food, beer (again!), fantastic. day 3 roswell nm (no aliens). day 4 albuquerque. day 5 payson az, then fantastic riding all day till here in flagstaff. only complaint the wind. holy mother of god how do you guys in the sw put up with this. hour after hour focusing all on a single spot ahead swerving all over your lane, complete with tumbleweeds! were getting used to it though. and fortunately there are lots of moments in canyons and areas where were getting in some fantastic riding. saw cute little prairie dogs hauling @ss across the road in zuni nm, and about a dozen huge elk last evening in az.
this morning I was going over the bikes and noticed a fresh spot of oil that had dripped down on the shift lever of our older blue dl1000, which now has about 8000 miles. it actually had more of the consistency of grease, pretty thick. it appeared to have dropped down from the little rounded black plastic casing that is secured by two allen head bolts. this casing has 2 tubes sticking out of it. 1 tube goes straight up and is capped off, like a bleeder valve. the other tube goes towards the rear of the bike and is attached to a black rubber hose that goes up under the tank. I believe this is the hydraulic clutch? there was no trace of grease or oil on the ground below the bike. I checked the oil and it was fine, and those allen head bolts were plenty tight. I did notice there were 2 hex head bolts to the aft of that plastic housing, I think 8mm, that were pretty loose, which I tightened, but there was a general slight sludgy oily greasy cover all down around this area above the shift lever and under that black plastic cover.
after tightening those bolts we wiped it off pretty good and just took off. should we be more worried? were going to be at a dealer in 6 more days, but that's 3000 miles from now. tonight after we checked in we inspected it again and it was pretty oily and greasy down there and it seemed fresh. I checked out our other dl1000, this bike brand new before this trip, and it was oily and greasy in the same area, but not quite as much so.
any info, opinions, or advice would be much appreciated.