Soggy front end after 4 days inactivity.
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Hooked
Gilera Fuoco, 1973 Norton Commando 850
Joined: 24 Jan 2014
Posts: 103
Location: Australia
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:25 pm quote
Hi guys. I have a 2007/8 Fuoco which I have owned since new. It has 18000 kms ( about 11000 miles) on it and has been ultra reliable - no issues at all except a failed stator about 5 years ago.

This morning when I went to go to work I noticed that the front suspension, which I had left locked over the past 4 days, was not 'stiff', but 'mushy' and allowed me to lean the scoot about 5-10 degrees either side of upright. When I turned the scoot on it started right away (as usual) but there was a beeping, like a warning, until I manually de-activatred the suspension lock. Once rolling everything seemed normal.

The scoot has always been garaged at night, but I have to leave it hard up against the wall on it's left hand side, so I can't put it on the center stand. I have been doing this for years without incident, except once about 3 years ago after I had been away for about 6 weeks when a similar event happened.

I do most of my own maintenance, but it hasn't had a full dealer service for about 2-2.5 years. I'm not panicking, but any suggestions???
Molto Verboso
Kymco AK550
Joined: 09 Feb 2008
Posts: 1059
Location: UK
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:25 am quote
Sounds like the hydraulic locking of the suspension struts is failing. Could just need the fluid topping up but may be leaking fluid and losing pressure that way.
Ossessionato
2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 4174
Location: Marietta, GA
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:54 am quote
roadster wrote:
Sounds like the hydraulic locking of the suspension struts is failing. Could just need the fluid topping up but may be leaking fluid and losing pressure that way.
That's what I was thinking, probably over due for Fluid Changes. Your supposed to do All Fluids every 2 years. The Suspension Lock as well as your Brakes use DOT-4, and it absorbs water over time and turn very Dark.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
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