My new Kenda K272s arrived last week. (Second time I’ve dealt with motorcycletiresmaniac.com [actually Cedar Rapids Tire in Iowa], and was very pleased with them again.) I soaked the fork springs and collars in phosphoric acid for a couple of days, then painted them with flat black Rust-Oleum. Also bought new rubber gaiters.
Woke up early this morning and spent a couple of hours in the garage before work. I got a lot done (unusual for me). Swapped out the front tire, put the forks back together, and reassembled the front end. Only afterwards did I give the wheel a spin and realize that the front rim is slightly bent. Well, crap. Unless it causes a huge handling problem, it’s going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
The headlight bracket I bought through Ebay arrived missing the inner half of each side, and no way are they sized for 27mm forks, as per the description. I’m going to just make up something myself.