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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Again, Honda dealers seem to have a well deserved reputation for ripping off customers. Granted, all dealers do, but Honda seems to come up a lot more often. I have rarely ever changed the fork oil in any of my many bikes. I have had a couple of bikes where the fork seals leaked so badly that I put 140W gear oil in the forks, that didn't leak out, but the suspension was pretty stiff. They were beater bikes, and IMO, not worth replacing the fork seals on.
Transmission fluid should work fine as general purpose fork oil. Some riders like to "tune" their front suspension by using different weights of oil, until they get it just right. Other than cranking the preload on the rear shocks all the way up, I just get on and ride. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike