Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Thanks Tom. I don't know what any of those sites are so will just post thumbnails.
Fanbelt, I would not be concerned about your KLR. When Dr Peter was doing on on line research in Chetwynd for a bearing replacement, he found that the VStrom wheel bearings were junk and should be replaced before venturing on extended off road rides. My bad.
About 2500 miles into our ride I could sense that something was amiss with the front end but neither I, nor my riding friends, could find identify a problem as we twisted the front forks and wheel to determine if there was some type of issue. The bearings went out about 100 miles north of Chetwynd when I was riding alone, with no cell service and not a car or truck to be seen. I rolled into Chetwynd with the front wheel wobbling and grinding. The Yukon and upper BC gives an entire new meaning to the word, "wilderness".
Unlike the KLR, the Strom bearings were inferior open face bearings. In other words, junk for a dual sport bike. The good news was that the replacement bearing was a very common one and the local Napa dealer had a bunch of them. The mechanic at the Arctic Cat dealership replaced them after chiseling out the bad ones and I was on my way. Upon my return home, I had both the front and rears replaced with All Balls at about $25 an axle and bought spares for each axle.
If you are doing any serious long haul off road riding, I recommend that you have All Balls replacement bearings and then carry a spare for each wheel. They are inexpensive insurance in the event of a failure. And I assure you, a failure out in the middle of nowhere is a very sinking feeling.
Last edited by Navigator; 01-31-2020 at 02:36 PM.