Project Update: Forks Are Apart

The motorcycle restoration project took a few steps forward today.  I finally got some time to disassemble the front forks.  I’ve ordered new seals and dust covers for the forks to ensure that they won’t leak fluid.  I was quite pleased to find the fork shafts to be in excellent shape, with not a single sign of pitting or roughness.  I’ll reassemble the forks when the new seals and fork oil arrive.

I also painted a few more black parts, such as the lower engine mounts and the fork “triple tree” bridges.  Finally, I managed to take some good old fashioned Brillo pads to the spokes and to some tiny rust spots on the wheel rimes.  They cleaned up pretty well.

When I get the forks back together and mounted on the frame, I’ll start the reassembly of the motorcycle.  I have the first two weeks of July off work, so I’m expecting to make some progress with the assembly.  The bike was manufactured in October 1971 … wouldn’t it be nice to have it running by this October, in time for its 40th birthday?

Front forks disassembled

About Kevin Forth

Always learning, Kevin is an IT professional that likes to tinker with electronics, motorcycles, and whatever he can take apart.

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