Originally Posted by DaymienRules
All of that plastic stuff in the linkage bearings came out on day 1. I just assumed it was a showroom/assembly product only, as I could see no way to either fully clean the bearings or fully pack them with out those little sticks coming out.
You're likely right about the Assembly part, and they are much harder to clean without damaging the stuff.
All you have to do is look at your steering stem bearings to know that everyone at Yamaha must be deathly allergic to grease.
Using the plastic stuff(there's a name for it but I can't remember what it is) likely saves many lives at Yamaha.
It also takes a step and possible failure mode out of the manufacturing process which saves then some money. Not that they care about that.
Good news is, They will never forget to grease those bearings, and everything I've read about the stuff is that it works really well.
FWIW, I left the stuff in and still crammed as much grease as possible in there.