Full Knowledge is omnipotent, a little knowledge is dangerous. I’ll admit to the latter in this instance, believed, based upon shoddy research on my part, the hex bolt at the bottom was purely for draining the oil with the forks in situ. All I can say is never believe what you read on specialist motorbike forums (not this one obviously). Mea culpa
Must have been serviced by a main dealerActually, despite me thinking these forks had never been apart in their lives due to the rank foul smelling oil in them, on reflection they must have been as
a) the spring (progressive type) in the RHS leg had been put in upside down, and
b) neither fork leg had the requisite washers at the top and bottom of the spacer. items 4 & 26 in the parts diagram were missing.
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As a consequence the spring in the RHS leg had become stuck up inside the spacer at a jaunty angle
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I’m now awaiting delivery of new bushes, as the ones in there are well worn, before I can reassemble the forks and reinstall them.
the hex bolt at the bottom was purely for draining the oil with the forks in situ.
It’s not uncommon, springing in one leg, damping in t’other.Could someone please let me know if I have imagined this .....
.... but I'm sure I read about a bike which comes straight out of the factory with all ( or most )
of the springing in one leg ?
Yes, most now have rebound in one leg and pre load in the other - but not springing in one as far as I knowIt’s not uncommon, springing in one leg, damping in t’other.
I think my Multi V4S must be like that as you can only adjust preload on the RHS leg and the electrical connections for the electronically controlled damping are on the LHS leg.