Last week I noticed the front of the motor was all stained with oil. Not enough to drip but enough to be horribly messy. A quick squizz up under the left 'Wing' showed it appeared to be coming from the breather box area. Now I'd previously had a problem with another customers bike with the strange little 'Condom' that covers the seemingly redundant pipe on the breather box developing a pinhole and weeping and only a couple of weeks ago I discovered that a previous leak on mine was due to a cracked breather hose. I'd kludges that up and ordered new hoses so I thought this would be a good excuse to swap them out and cure the leak at the same time.
So, off with the tank and sure enough....[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
All greasy and horrid. The 'Condom' which can be seen in the pic below was still fine but the breather hose above it was cracking and manky![You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
One thing that was really nasty was the state of the inside of the condensor box! When I took off the 'Condom' to examine it for holes it revealed that the box was full of rhinoceros smegma! Bleargh![You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Anyway, not much you can do about that unfortunately. At least its in the plastic box rather than in my camboxes!
The 'Pre-bent' hoses went on easily enough although they seem to still be the same horrid, cheap, crap that Guzzi have always used that isn't particularly good at not degrading when exposed to oil and heat!
Buttoning it all up and taking it for a run confirmed the leak was gone so its all good!
By way of celebration I rode home and dropped the bike when the front wheel slipped out from under me as I was riding through the spoon drain outside my property!
I felt like a right prat! No harm done, the ground was so soft due to the recent rain I didn't even scratch the paint on the oil cooler cover. Sometimes you just get lucky!