Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
I Never reuse a paper based, cover gasket, not even on my own bike! (Except in emergency situation. RTV to the rescue, I hope.) I do not dope them. I do not grease them. Clean and Dry.
I can not afford to do a job twice. Second time for free, just because of a minor oil 'seep', much less a Blow-out, with catastrophic damage?
I've only had the clutch cover off of my 1987, once! Mileage 63,944.
In the middle of my oil flow alterations, to lap and re-spring the PRV, replace the WP seals and install the 'antique' NOS kick-starter kit. That 20+ year old gasket had to be 'nibbled' off in crumbs.
In another couple hundred miles, I will see how well adhered a 3 year old gasket is! It will be replaced with NEW. I still gotta' build and test a least one, secondary Crankshaft oil filter.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting