you have a lab?
Boy color me jealous...
Haha, no, not MY lab, I use Blackstone Labs for oil analysis on all my vehicles. It gives you a good picture of what is going on inside the motor (gearcase/transmission/outdrive/etc) and they tell you whether you can go longer between oil changes or shorter. But anyway, they found no gear oil, and zero water. Contamination levels were very low except for a lot of boron. It was interesting that the fluid was so ugly, so thick, and yet there was no water or other things in it (the stuff they test for).
If you need tools to remove the swing arm I have them here Carlos.
I appreciate that, thanks! It would be a job I don't have time for right now, so I was going to have Quality Cycles do it for me. I have an appointment with Dave to have a major service (36k) done this week, he would have done this instead.
So yesterday I finally had some time to pull the plastics and flush/bleed it. I went through almost a full bottle of fluid before it came out clean and free of air bubbles. Then I screwed up and let the master suck air again. (Insert "you moron" comments here.) Had to go buy more, went through a full bottle plus more before I got no air coming out. Closed it up, and it feels perfectly normal. Rode about 30 miles, stayed that way.
So now I'm confused. Nothing happened to the bike to cause it to suck air. Not dropped, there was plenty of fluid in the master. So I have no idea what happened, or if/when it will happen again. Today I'm heading off for a 60 mile ride and the return ride will be Sunday. I guess if it stays this way after those miles, I'll just chalk this up as one of life's mysteries.