I have a 2017 HD Roadglide with 22400 miles on it and I am being told that at 25k the steering head bearings need to be inspected and repacked. I know the HD service manual states to service the head bearings at 25K and totally replace the bearings at 50K. However, in doing some research I found that the lower set of bearings on the steering head is pressed on so how would they clean and repack that bearing? And if you remove that bearing it may be compromised so you would have to replace both bearings at that time and then again at 50K? I have also been advised that whenever you tear apart the steering head you should replace the bearings as well. Difference here is if I have to replace them at 50K then why mess with these bearings at 25K? I'm headed out on a long tour in June this year and want to be safe but don't want to make a large dent in my travel pocketbook either for basically unneeded repairs and service! Any thoughts on this subject folks?
On the repack, they just fill the head with grease, through the zerk fitting. Bend you over for it. Prolly the same thing happens at 50K. And then on some scooters the grease leaks out----forever.
Now I gotta ask were you saw a schedule that said to clean and repack, then later to replace the bearings. All I've ever seen is to check and lube and then later to check and adjust. And I've got piles of Harley service manuals here on my desk. If you saw that on a printed piece of paper, ask the dealer who made it up, then put your bullshlt filters on. It used to be grease on the 10's and adjust on the 25's. On the Rushmores its just lube and adjust on the 25's
Those bearings are front wheel bearings from back when cars weighed 2 tons. The amount of wear they get on a scooter is nothing. Only ones I ever saw go bad were on scooters that sat out in the rain and snow, especially under plastic. Or on scooter where people made them their own and left the ground bridge off, forced them to ground through the bearing.
IMSAO, if a dealer's service rep told you that you needed to have those bearings pulled and repacked with grease, tell him to use lots and lots of grease, cause you're about to get fuked.
Back to the serious side, if you do happen to have the need to repack those bearings, or the desire to pump two pounds of grease into the steering head, that grease the boat yard sells for trailer bearings is the way to go. Way cheaper than what the MoCo says to use, and prolly the exact same grease.