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    • Fork seals, a simple part on your bike, holds fluid in your fork to assist in suspension and dampening when you hit a bump. That Fluid is 'just there' when was the last time you even thought about it or changed it?

      The usual time you are reminded about it is when your fork seal fails.

      The normal scenario is you are riding along and there has been no warning of the failure, you then need to stop and grab the front brake and you don't slow down as normal. Quickly you hit the back brake and stop, jump off your bike to see whats going on.

      Chances are you have an oil stain on your boot or pant leg and oil all over the front brake caliper?

      This is one of those situations where it possibly could make your bike unrideable, and cost you a few hundred dollars or more to have fixed if you don't have the skill set yourself.

      Enter fork seal cleaners - the culprit that is making the fork leak fluid is most likely just a small spec of dirt or sand that is allowing the fluid to escape. As the fluid is a very thing viscosity usually in the 2.5 to 7.5 weight range

      Two companies have you covered, one fits in your wallet, the other on the fork leg.

      I have both, I have found the Motion Pro Seal mate to be useful but can fail after a few ueses, it becomes brittle, but at $7.50 is not too hard on the wallet

      The other is from Risk Racing and called the Seal Doctor

      I'll explain more and other options in the next post to get you back on the road and correct the leak

    • The basic principal is extremely simple, remove the dust over, insert tool, rotate it around the leg over 360 and slide out catching the debris.

      Bounce the forks a couple of times, repeat the above.

      If you are showing now oil on the har chrome fork leg you are good to go

      or for visual leaners

      doing this could potentially save you a few hundred dollars and down time from your bike

      if by chance you are out on the road and you have a fork seal leak and forgot or haven't bought your tool yet, chances are you could make one easily simply by cutting some thin plastic as a single use version

      Plastic insurance cards or a plastic soda bottle both work well

    • Hi Paul,

      Given the topic, I wonder what your opinion is on using some of the fork socks neoprene protectors. In my experience some folks love them, others say they could be causing more harm than good. For my street mostly and occasional forest roads use, I used some on long trips - perhaps more for peace of mind - but then removed them and have stopped using them.. Some claim that if not being removed and washed and the fork cleaned periodically, dirt can get trapped in and become an abrasion compound damaging the fork and seals faster than if without the fork socks.

    • they are good but need maintainence, if you cross rivers/ puddles, they need to be checked because they will actually hold silt where without them it would just wash away.

      In mud (like your photo) that sticks they for sure add protection, but you could also use mud scraper dust covers too, SKF makes them

      For more road biased riding they work, I have had some on my Super Tenere for 81,000 miles and no issues...but did they ever stop a potential failure? Conjecture!