Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Mule Town, L.A. (Lower AL)
This may seem way too simple but is your oil level high. Are you checking it warm and with the bike vertical. I know it's all in the book but you'd be surprised how many folks check the oil level on the side stand.
As far as the gooey mess on the tape, it may be the brake parts cleaner. That product really cuts through stuff.
Riding a 2012 Imperial Blue Cross Country