Fork seal weeping
Washing the bike today I noticed a heavy ring of grime around the top of the left fork stanchion. Felt the fork below it and it had an oily sheen to it. The right fork was dry as can be and clean. Mr first thought in my head was crap, a weeping fork seal. So I wiped it off with a rag and a kimwipe so it was clean like its mate. Then I went out for a ride and purposely engaged in some heavy braking to exercise the front end. When I got home and inspected, again the left fork stanchion was oiled. Shot fork seal confirmed. Craaaaaaaaaaaap.
When I bought the bike I opted for the $500 option for the additional 36 month warranty. It was the first year of a model and I was paranoid. Maybe the $500 will pay for itself yet. I figure a rebuilt fork is $250-$300 in parts and labor ($30 for seals, 2.5 hrs @ $95/h labor). I'll contact my dealer Monday to see about getting a fork seal rebuild done under warranty. Maybe I can convince them to give me a spiffy mental rental loaner while it's being worked on.
Anyone care to take bets on if it will be covered under the Honda Protection Plan warranty?
New England CB500 Rider