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post #271 of 275 Old 01-30-2020, 04:53 PM
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Gosh, what time of day was that photo taken, about 2230 at night? Some of the best fun you can have on two wheels !
Just about midnight. We rode up there for the Summer Solstice. We unloaded our gear at the Eagle Plains Lodge after having departed Dawson City, about 225 miles up the Dempster "Highway". It's approximately another 30 miles then to the marker. I'd forgotten my sunglasses in my gear with the sun on the horizon directly in my eyes all the way up. As we rode back, the earth had rotated so that the sun was directly in my eyes again. The gent on the right, a Doctor of Infectious Diseases at Univ of BC, was riding a brand new 2015 KLR all the way up. His normal ride was a Harley Electra Glide. The guy who took the photo was his friend Karim, who had just retired as head of BC's Cancer Society. He was riding a BMW 800 GSA. My Strom blew it's front wheel bearings in Chetwin, BC on the return ride. I can't figure out how to post a full photo. I drag and drop the pic and it comes out a thumbnail.

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post #272 of 275 Old 01-30-2020, 05:44 PM
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Ive never had a wheel bearing fail but the thought of it frightens me because it will be when I am far and away....

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post #273 of 275 Old 01-30-2020, 07:19 PM
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...I can't figure out how to post a full photo...
To do that you need to have the photo hosted on a photo hosting service like smugmug, imgur, flickr, etc.

I downloaded the photo of Karim's Beemer and uploaded it to my flickr account and inserted it here.

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post #274 of 275 Old 01-30-2020, 09:38 PM
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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.

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post #275 of 275 Old 01-31-2020, 08:42 AM
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Good info on bearings as my other bike is a 15 model Vstrom. The bike has about 11k on the clock and I just fitted new tires a few months ago . The bearings felt good then . I probably will
be shopping for more parts soon!!

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