June 9th, 2016, 06:32 PM
Joined: Feb 2005
From: Perth Western Australia
I Ride: FE 501
my last bike a 2004 FE550 done many hundreds of hours on the original fork seals. I used to remove the air breather screws when not in use. Keep the fork legs clean, go around mud holes where I could. Never disturbed the dust seals.
If forks does start to leak, pop out the dust seals , get a piece of camera film, slide it up between the fork seal and fork leg , it is soft and picks up and moves the crap between the fork leg and seal, and most times, it has sealed again.
Much easier giving that a go first, than replacing seals.
My 2014 bike, started to leak early, I realised I left it un washed in shed over hot summer with fine clay mud baked on fork legs , the newer type plastic fork leg protector covers right around fork leg and was hard to see it on there.
Was going to remove forks , but remembered that camera film trick, now they are sealed again.
Something to consider.