Having taken a test ride with my wife back on the 9th, I discovered the forks are twisted a bit. Long long ago, when I weighed roughly half what I do now, I owned an XL125 Honda, and if I dropped it, the forks would twist. Then I’d just roll it up next to a tree or telephone pole and twist it back the other way, and everything was fine. I haven’t tried it yet on my XS. I asked for and got advice on the forum, but the advice kind of wandered around a bit. I decided to turn the upper fork tubes 90 degrees to the right, which theoretically should reorient the bends “out” rather than “back on the left, forward on the right.” Then the axle should pull it all back together.
Short answer is, it almost worked. The front was quite a bit straighter, but still annoyingly bent to the left.
So I rolled it up to a telephone pole and straightened it… and all was perfect. Gah.
After taking a longer ride, I noticed it had begun to twist again, so again I rolled up to a telephone pole and straightened it. Not sure if it will eventually settle into place or if I’ll have to do something else. Another 1/8th turn on the upper tubes might do the trick.
ALSO, on a brighter note: The other day I did retorque the head and took a 20 mile loop ride. Oily drip from the left side of the cylinder. Someone on the forum counseled patience… so today, while checking out my straightening job, I took about a 10 mile loop. No oily drip this time. Maybe it’s good for a while… I can hope.
On a related note: Purple Power does WONDERS getting black oily crud off of the engine!