One of the first things I did years ago was remove my whole exhaust system, wire wheel all the joints and replace all the gaskets and copper crush seals at the manifolds too. Tightened up the system.
I found the exhaust leak; it's coming from the right exhaust manifold (one of the exhaust pipes); it's the one lowest to the ground. It appears the original owner dropped the bike on the right side, and damaged the right exhaust manifold. He also bent the forward lower cover bolt (or the lower frame) and I cannot get a socket on it so that I can remove the lower fairing. Man this poor bike was abused and yet I just hit 40,000 miles. Technically, notwithstanding its age (1997 Goldwing), this bike is fairly new in a way. I can't believe how neglected this fine machine has had to endure. Thank goodness her new owner cares for his machines, and I'm going to eventually repair every nick, glitch, cosmetic discrepancy, and any other "gig" (Air Force term for discrepancy) I can find.
Rode the bike all day today with a friend. Went to the lake to check out some skin. Neither of us were very impressed if you catch my drift.
Bike had one hickup today, but appears to be fuel related. Came to a stop light and I smelled rich gas. I didn't see anything coming out of the drain tubes, but I think one of the floats didn't close all of the way, and so flooded the engine a little. So I bounced the throttle a few times to burn any access fuel, and within moment she returned to normal. I think I will definitely yank those carbs off next month once my parts come in, replace the float needle and seat, and set the floats at 8mm instead of 7mm as they are now. I may have to stop using ethanol based fuel and go back to using straight gasoline.
Anyone else having problems using modern fuels?