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Old 20-07-17, 00:15
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You won´t notice anything when holding the handlebars. Too much leverage. I had to remove the wheels and forks to be able to feel how bad it really was.

I had the same issues with my Tenere, with a worn TKC80, so I figured with a new tire, it should be ok.

Nope...

Had to order new bearings, and watch youtube for a while, buy a Dremel and some other hardware.
It took me about 5 or 6 hours to change them.
But, I figure, next time, I should be able to do it in about 2 hours...
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Old 26-07-17, 23:08
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I was wondering if it could really be the tyre.
I put the bike on the centre stand and tried to feel the notch through the bars, but as you said, very difficult to feel.
However when I lifted the wheel from the front spindle, ( the crash bungs ) it seems as if there is some wear present. It has a little bit of resistance, then kind of flops over to the side. A bit like its climbing a hill and then rolls suddenly from the top down the side ( if that makes sense )
Anyway, I've ordered a new kit from Wemoto ( the Japanese one )
Now I need the time to do it or I may ask a garage to sort it. I don't have a bearing puller.
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Old 27-07-17, 08:14
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I broke off the bearing housing with a screwdriver, and cut a deep notch in the remains with a dremel-tool, and split it with a chisel (it is very hard steel, so very brittle)

Then I used the remains upside down to help install the new bearing.

Search for it on youtube. Several videos there. Some use screwdrivers as a wedge to force the bearing off the stem. I found that this was not easy, and used the dremel-method instead.
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Old 27-07-17, 12:18
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Ha! I can imagine it was a headache to do either way.
I did it over 20 years ago on an XS400, my first bike.

I'm going to go the lazy route and let a mechanic do it for me. Two kids gives me precious little time for basic maintenance.

They think 2 hours to complete. A lot less time than it'll take me, although not nearly as satisfying.

Thanks for your help
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Old 04-08-17, 09:08
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So Mr.Jlovold, it seems you were spot on in your diagnosis.
My steering head bearings had covered 39000mikes and I'm not a wheelie monster by any stretch of the imagination. As you said it was very difficult to detect any wear or notchiness through the bars.

The difference in ride-ability is astonishing.

The mechanic said there was very little wear, but oh what a difference.
It feels so much more confidence inspiring in the corners, the vagueness has gone.
My chicken strips of 8-10mm are already less after one commute to work.

Apologies to Avon and your trailrider tyre. Nowt wrong with them.
I'll be expecting it to be even nicer once I complete the second tightening in a few hundred miles.

Happy days.
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