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Old 01-26-2013, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, all!

So I got a bike a few weeks ago, first one, and have since been riding around practicing after MSF and enjoying the weather here. Today I noticed for the first time that my right fork was particularly oily, and after an hour or so of riding noticed 1/3 of the tire and wheel were wet. Haven't found it leaking while parked and it didn't seem to continue leaking after this.

Including a photo. Any advice of what I could do myself, or is this something better handled by the local Ducati mechs?

Thanks from Texas and wish you all nice weather!

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Old 01-26-2013, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll need a new fork seal. Best get it done ata a shop, since you'll need the fork disassembled and a new seal pressed it. Not that big a deal, really, but it'll be a couple hundred. Cheaper if you take the fork out yourself first. Probably should do both since the other one is bound to go soon also.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Clean it and see if it gets oily again after riding a while. There are instructional vids on YouTube on fork rebuilding. You can make a fork seal press using PVC pipe; google it. from my experience use OEM fork seals. Aftermarket tend to leak shortly after replacing.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You could take it to Roger for less monies than MotoAustin. I like Mike and Rory and recommend them highly, however Roger works on forks and rear shocks all day long and has been doing so for racers for many years. http://www.ororcycle.com/ If he is backed up, you might mention a Road Runner recommended him to you. He is just out of the "Y" in Oak Hill. Try and schedule it around the upcoming minimoto GP series because he might not be able to meet you on the weekends as he also has a mobile workshop that he takes to all the local tracks. Roger and I don't get along so well, so it should speak volumes if I still recommend him. He can also change your timing belts and shim your valves for you.

Let MotoAustin keep your Panigale running smoothly while Roger keeps your M600 alive.

I might have a buyer for your M600 should you decide to move up. He is about finished with the CB350T I started him on.
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EDIT: Cleaned the forks and seals and went out for a ride. No signs of leaking. Will report back tonight.
EDIT: 12 hours later, not a drop.

Thanks for advice, everyone.

Mike: Thanks for the recommendations. Have any opinions on Horsepower Farm on S. Lamar? As for selling, I'll be holding on to the monster for a while since I just got it less than a month ago! Thanks again.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That fork could be out of oil by now.


Horse Power Farms is another sponsor of www.harvestclassic.org which benefits the kiddos in our town, a decent group of folks. But honestly if you have any questions about forks, springs, or shocks Roger is the guy. Has been for like 20 years. While the guys at HPF could rebuild your forks, heck I can, Roger will be able to tell you why they leaked in the first place and what needs to be done to correct it.

Some guys will just chime in after I write this and try to convince you that they were old, in fact over 10 years old and just gave up. Guess what? I just happen to have an 01 M600 in my shed of bikes as well and my forks aren't leaking. Soooooooo.........that proves that point moot. Something caused them to fail. While it may have been as simple as dirt on the wipers, wouldn't you appreciate someone being able to tell you that was the case matter of factly, then tell you that your chrome is fine, and your stanchions measured out within tolerance? I mean I could tear down your forks rebuild them with new seals and oil and tell you "there ya go". They might not even leak for a couple thousand miles.

Then if you use Roger for maintenance, he can keep you up to date as a person, not as a customer. HPF works on anything that comes in the door. That's great and works for some. If you just want local to you in the super trendy 04 neighborhoods, you could go to Limey Bikes, Death Trap, Austin Moto Classics, or maybe Marcello or Kingsley could find time to help you out. For suspension work on my Ducati's I'm choosing either MotoAustin as my local Ducati dealer or Roger at On Road Off Road because he is a suspension specialist that just happens to also know his way around Ducati and BMW quite well.

If you ever just want to talk shop about bikes, I know a few people in the area.
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Mike, thanks kindly for the great advice. I truly appreciate it!
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