My 21-year old Tri Trophy 900 began weeping fork oil from both seals. Having done seals on a couple Airheads, I thought it wouldn't be a big deal. Wrong.
Lacking the official Triumph Special Tool to release the damper rod from the fork lowers, I had to make one. Cost me $21.00 of which twenty was for the tab at a welding shop. After a bit of a struggle, the forks were disassembled, new seals installed and ready to add fresh Bel-Ray 15wt. Lemme check the shop manual for the correct volume... What!
Nope, no actual figure for oil volume. I'm to add oil while the fork legs are off the bike and keep in a vertical position. Add the juice and measure the level until the fluid is exactly 117mm below the top of the open stanchion. Then drop in the spring, spring seat, spacer and screw on the top cap.
From a 1000cc jug, It took near 600cc to fill one leg. Naturally, I had to go fetch another jug to finish the job. Thirty bucks and I've got 800cc left over. Too bad the Triumph doesn't have three fork stanchions.
Bottom line, I need to determine a fluid height measurement with the forks installed as I don't relish the idea of removing the legs just to check fork oil levels.
What would be a simple afternoon chore on an Airhead has now, what wilth making tools and such, run to five days of chipping away at it. Have a Sunday morning motorcycle gathering for coffee on the village Square and hope to complete the seal job later in the day.
Yes, this is a modern Hinkley Triumph but I'm reminded why the British motorcycle industry went down the crapper. As Edward Turner once said, "Our customers enjoy fettling their bikes on the weekends." God save the Queen.