Cheapo bike alarm rang again today.
At 1060 miles today I felt the headset bearings clunking. Great.
I got in there as soon as I got it home to see what was up with grease before snugging it down. I found a swipe of grease, which was better than none I guess but...
Fuggin ball bearings? Seriously? WTF? Is it 1975 again?
I'm looking into tapered roller bearings and expect this to be a first step towards a full blown front end conversion.
For now a healthy dose of Bel Ray WP grease was smeared on the LOOSE FRIGGIN BALL BEARINGS and I torqued it down.
Bike runs great, holds the road like a champ, has that light flickability of the Ninja 250 but is seriously built to Chinese playbike standards. A cheap bicycle bearing set was not what I expected to find in a 2013 street moto. Budget or not.