Re: Front wheel bearing worn out
From time to time Suzuki, and probably other manufacturers, use Chinese bearings of dubious quality, mostly due to reduced cost I suspect.
My local bearing supplier, Gopher Bearing, used to carry Chinese bearings as their lowest cost line, but gave up the line due to a high failure rate. My experience duplicates that with the need to replace all 5 wheel bearings on my Kawasaki W650 within the first 14K miles. The two front and three rear bearings were worn enough to allow detectable sideways slack at the wheel rims.
I chose the most expensive European bearings they carried, specified double sided seals and have enjoyed long bearing life ever since. Used these same high quality bearings on the front wheel of my Burgman 400 at about 12K miles, again with good results.
Ray Nielsen, in Minneapolis and going for a ride tomorrow!