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Old 08-25-2009, 04:35 PM   #31
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Just a question.
Either of you guys pressure wash the bike?
I've seen Dennis' bike...I don't think he has every washed it period
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:09 PM   #32
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I've seen Dennis' bike...I don't think he has every washed it period
I do keep the roundels polished and scratch free, however.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:29 PM   #33
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Anyone got tips on how to check your bearings?

I'm pretty sure I have the basics down... spin wheel and listen to bearings, get wheel off and spin bearings by hand, check for grainy feel and noise, observe for damage.

If someone has a nifty technique or something I missed let me know, I will be going on a long ride before taking the wheel off to check...
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:42 PM   #34
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Anyone got tips on how to check your bearings?

I'm pretty sure I have the basics down... spin wheel and listen to bearings, get wheel off and spin bearings by hand, check for grainy feel and noise, observe for damage.

If someone has a nifty technique or something I missed let me know, I will be going on a long ride before taking the wheel off to check...
Unless the bearings are really shot, you're probably not going to feel them going bad by spinning the wheel. Can't really hear them either with the chain and such.

Best is to spin them by hand and feel for any grittyness, or looseness.

I've never had a wheel bearing disintegrate on me, but I have caught several sets going bad while changing tires.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:56 PM   #35
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Unless the bearings are really shot, you're probably not going to feel them going bad by spinning the wheel. Can't really hear them either with the chain and such.

Best is to spin them by hand and feel for any grittyness, or looseness.

I've never had a wheel bearing disintegrate on me, but I have caught several sets going bad while changing tires.
This is a first for me also on a motorcycle. I have replaced a few wheel bearings during wheel changes (mostly dirt bikes) usually because I could see that the seal was compromised. On cars the bearing usually makes a howling sound for a hundred miles or more before doing any damage or causing any grief. This incident was like getting struck by lightning - basically a sound resembling a light chain slap (which it probably was because of mis-alignment), and then complete loss of rear wheel directionality (very much like a blowout).

I did look at the bearings when I swapped tires last time to see if the seals were OK, and they were. I doubt I could have stopped this incident from happening with any reasonable maintenance process. Who expects a catastrophic wheel bearing event at 6K miles?
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:01 PM   #36
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...Who expects a catastrophic wheel bearing event at 6K miles?
Exactly.

You know, every bearing I've ever purchased was oiled only, even when there were seals on both sides of the bearing. Always got to pop the seals off, clean out the oil, and pack those suckers with grease. Maybe that's getting over looked at the factory?
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:07 PM   #37
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Exactly.

You know, every bearing I've ever purchased was oiled only, even when there were seals on both sides of the bearing. Always got to pop the seals off, clean out the oil, and pack those suckers with grease. Maybe that's getting over looked at the factory?
I did not realize you could pop the seals off of a sealed bearing.
My dealer told me today that the bearings where of Japanese origin

What does everyone think about going to a ceramic or other type of h.d. bearing?
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:10 PM   #38
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I did not realize you could pop the seals off of a sealed bearing.
My dealer told me today that the bearings where of Japanese origin

What does everyone think about going to a ceramic or other type of h.d. bearing?
If I had the bearing specs, I'd consider replacing them with qulaity sealed bearings. I think.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:10 PM   #39
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I did not realize you could pop the seals off of a sealed bearing.
My dealer told me today that the bearings where of Japanese origin

What does everyone think about going to a ceramic or other type of h.d. bearing?



Yep, I just gently get a jewelers flat blade screwdriver in under a lip and they pop right out.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:11 PM   #40
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I did not realize you could pop the seals off of a sealed bearing.
My dealer told me today that the bearings where of Japanese origin

What does everyone think about going to a ceramic or other type of h.d. bearing?

Well, you asked.
I don't think you should HAVE to.
You bought a quality bike, right?
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:16 PM   #41
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Well, you asked.
I don't think you should HAVE to.
You bought a quality bike, right?
I agree John, but what are the alternatives ?
Hopefully this is a result of faulty installation at the factory and not el cheapo bearings.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:17 PM   #42
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I think I would check the bearing for grease before changing the bearing. Something happens and they notice its not a factory bearing they might not warranty it. I doubt they would notice though.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:18 PM   #43
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I swear I should have just bought a KLR.
Not aiming at anyone here, just frustrated.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:19 PM   #44
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I swear I should have just bought a KLR.
Not aiming at anyone here, just frustrated.
I know a guy with one he might sell you.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:25 PM   #45
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I swear I should have just bought a KLR.
Not aiming at anyone here, just frustrated.


No, no you shouldn't.

Realize that every motorcycle out there has it's share of issues, but if you like filling your oil, and checking your gas then maybe the KLR is for you.

Just fix the bike and go riding. I realize you've got an unusual problem with your bike, hopefully it'll get sorted. Maybe you've got the same luck as the guy who bought a weestrom and had all of the valve guides go bad before 10,000 miles.
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