Ok, so the right fork seal is not sealing in the oil. First, I read this in the vulcan verses.
One thing to be aware of is compressing the front forks. Do not over compress them or you might blow the seals. The people who taught my MSF course transported 6 bikes on a trailer at a time. The men who loaded the bikes told us that the best thing to do was to sit on the bike and tighten the straps down to hold the bike at that point. That will keep the straps tight with pressure against them, yet leave enough room for the forks to respond to bumps in the road.
I'll have to say, the tow truck guy I used a few weeks back to tow the bike after it wouldn't start racheted that bike down to the stops. However, the bike is a few years old being a 1990 model. I have had to replace or plan to replace the O rings for the right side coolant pipe, left side generator cover, fuel petcock and one of the cylinders. I noted some cracking to the right and left side dust covers of the forks.
So, do you guys think that the tow truck or the years got the seal?
I'd love a response to this, before I order the parts.
The next question is: It feels pretty good right now, and the handling does not seem to be affected. Can I ride the bike until its fixed? I plan to fix it pretty quick.
Finally, if the likely culprit is just age, I'll obviously be footing the bill. I'm not sure what a fork job costs at a dealership, but I bet it aint cheap. If the problem is age, I'll probably just replace both oil seals. I'll also probably replace the dust seals, and the O-rings. Should I go ahead and order the 2 bushings needed for each fork figuring that the old ones are proboably damaged? I'd rather have everything on hand rather than get the fork taken apart and realize that a bushing needs replacing.
How complicated is the fork job? Do I need any special tools? I'm looking through the Clymer's manual, and it seems to indicate that a special tool is needed. Is this true?