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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2017, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Wheel Bearings 16 RGU

OK guys what I have read these bearings front and rear are an issue but what is the solution? Is there a real upgrade and do they last? How long do they last?

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I don't pressure wash my bike

I don't use chemical on my bike (soap and water / mister hose)

Bearings failed at 11,000 miles rear only

Roads were rough it was a trip up north. Streets are paved with patches...


Now that My questions are out of the way I will give some back ground to what has sparked this question. I had talked to couple friends and they were like hey man when you do tires on your bike make sure you swap bearings these are not old school bikes. I get that things are designed as a wear item and replaceable but I really thing they should out last my tires. I ride my bike a fair amount as I don't let it sit in the garage. Just not what I bought it for so I decide to go on a trip and find myself in Canada via Detroit well about the time I get to Niagara (1000ish miles in this trip) my rear bearings let go. Luckily I am like 5 minutes from a dealer so what else am I going to do on a Sunday in Niagara broke down yep tie one on figure no shortage of Canadian whiskey around here. Luckily the dealer did get me out in less than 5 hours the next morning and we were on our way to continue our trip. Also met some good people that lead us on some better rides while we waited for the bike to be done.










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Hey Rusty
My home dealership. Did you get/drink some 40 Creek (the locally made) whiskey? And yes it is amber in colour.
My daughter was a parts girl there a couple of years ago. Steph, Scott, Dan and the crew are great.
I'm happy that everyone took good care of you and got you on the road quickly.
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I've ridden over 100k miles on the new style bearings split between 3 bikes. 42k on an 08 SG, 30k on an 08 Ultra and currently 32k in the RG. The only bearing issue I've run into was the outer IDS bearing on the 08 SG. Found it going away on a tire replacement. I hand wash mine and ride it hard in the curves. Roads here have their fair share of patches. It is difficult to find a well made bearing for anything anymore. Bearings are one item that modern technology has not improved. Timken bearings used to be the best, but now they have their share of failures as well. You pays your money and you takes your chances.


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Hey Rusty
My home dealership. Did you get/drink some 40 Creek (the locally made) whiskey? And yes it is amber in colour.
My daughter was a parts girl there a couple of years ago. Steph, Scott, Dan and the crew are great.
I'm happy that everyone took good care of you and got you on the road quickly.
Oh yeah super nice people very friendly and trust me fully of questions when they figured out I was from Georgia. Haha! I have been a Crown drinker for a long time like 23 years. It is my go to but I like most whiskey/bourbon honestly none of them are bad just different level of good.

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I've ridden over 100k miles on the new style bearings split between 3 bikes. 42k on an 08 SG, 30k on an 08 Ultra and currently 32k in the RG. The only bearing issue I've run into was the outer IDS bearing on the 08 SG. Found it going away on a tire replacement. I hand wash mine and ride it hard in the curves. Roads here have their fair share of patches. It is difficult to find a well made bearing for anything anymore. Bearings are one item that modern technology has not improved. Timken bearings used to be the best, but now they have their share of failures as well. You pays your money and you takes your chances.
I hear ya. I got 15k on this 2016 RGU and put 20k on 2014 WG Everyone is telling me to swap them every tire swap and after having a set shit on me at 11k I am think it may not be bad advice? Bad part was I had been cruise at highway speeds for a long time and not one problem so I pulled off to figure out where we wanted to go and take a piss. As I went to pull into a parking spot I made a hard dip to turn left into the spot when the whole back of the bike shifted and felt like it was coming out from under me. Freaked me out! I was like WTF!!! It was strange that no issue on the highway or in a straight line at all. There was no warning or anything.
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