Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: 2018 Street Triple RS
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Dallas, TX
Had an oil leak - it was the alternator cover
Tomorrow I'm heading out on a 2 week, 6,000 mile trip on the bike. Imagine my panic when this past Monday when I noticed oil on the alternator cover and seeping from a couple of it's bolts. I did some investigation online and found that some people's bolts were loose and at least one other person's output shaft seal was shot.
Anyways, long story short, it was the gasket. But, the telling thing was what the mechanic said when I talked with him. Paraphrasing, he expressed his frustration saying, "every bike that comes in here for it's 600 mile service has loose bolts!"
So, I mention it to say, I had an oil leak and it was the alternator gasket. And also to say, check your bolts. I know when I checked mine before bringing it to the shop, 1/3 of them were considerably loose (like 6Nm instead of 10Nm).
"Most people just get swept along with life, they don't work for what they want. Think of every person you know who spends all their leisure time watching TV or getting drunk. These people don't know they're living 'till they're on their death bed."