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Old 11-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #215
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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.
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