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How cold is it where you are?
Do you have conventional (not synthetic) gear lube in there.

I'm a chain guy, but I seem to recall that depending on those things it might be sorta normal or at least not unusual.
 

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That looks more like the drain screw at the bottom of the differential. The vent is on the top. You may need the new washer under the drain plug. Probably time to replace the fluid and install a new washer.
 

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I once fill my rear housing while on the side stand which overfills it. On a hard left turn oil would fling up high enough to come out of the breather. On a cold day It would do it all the time.
 

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I once fill my rear housing while on the side stand which overfills it. On a hard left turn oil would fling up high enough to come out of the breather. On a cold day It would do it all the time.
You are supposed to fill it on the side stand.
 

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It may be from the vent since there is a drop on the axle nut. Some guys have used synthetic and they say it fixed it.
 

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In the memphis area. It's been cold. 40 the day I rode. Never thought of thick lube being pushed up out the vent. It's all original from 04. Probably time to change it even though it looks clean.
It may be from the vent since there is a drop on the axle nut. Some guys have used synthetic and they say it fixed it.
To my knowledge it's never been serviced. I planned on it but never did. Bike has 11k miles.
 

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As soon as synthetic gear lubes became available I switched my bike's final drives to them, over 30 years ago. I rode BMW bikes for years and currently have two Hondas with shaft drive and have never experienced any problems using synthetic gear oil. Warm up bike, allow oil to drain until none drips, refill with bike upright and level. Torque drain and fill plugs to specified values.
 

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As soon as synthetic gear lubes became available I switched my bike's final drives to them, over 30 years ago. I rode BMW bikes for years and currently have two Hondas with shaft drive and have never experienced any problems using synthetic gear oil. Warm up bike, allow oil to drain until none drips, refill with bike upright and level. Torque drain and fill plugs to specified values.
So not on the kick stand?
 

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On center stand or supported level and flat with a jack if center stand isn't installed.

Service manuals of both factory type and after market are valuable resources of information with descriptions of service procedures. Also searching forums will lead to discussions and solutions of most service questions.
 
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