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.
+1 except I waited until the first swingarm service
One of the things the link above states that this is for reduced maintenance. I believe that this was a measure of insurance against the owners that will never do swingarm maintenance on the bike. I could not see a way to get any measurable amount of grease in there with the removal of the plastic stuff. I picked that stuff out with the bearings and cleaned everything up. Next I put a big glob of grease in the race and pushed the needles into it until they were all in place like you would a normal bearing. This should be much easier to clean out later.