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    How to check front wheel bearings?

    Today I changed the front tire on my 2000 R1100RS. As I was prepping for the shake-down ride, I realized my bike has not had any maintenance on the front wheel bearings since 2011 when I purchased it with 66,000 miles on it (it now has 101,600 miles).

    How do I check or maintain the bearings? I hear no noise or roughness, but I know that would only happen when the absolute worst was near, and it is certainly not something I want to hear on a trip. I'm certain this has been covered, but I could not find it in a search.

    BTW the new tires are Bridgestone Battlax T30 EVO dual compound tires. I'll report back on them after getting the rear tire on next weekend. I could not pass up riding weather in February to do both of them today!
    2000 BMW R1100RS | Past bikes: 97 Suzuki GS500E, 82 Suzuki GS1100E, 07 Suzuki V-Strom 650

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    The front bearings last a very long time unless the bike does many deep water crossings.
    I changed mine out on my GS at 175k miles as I was planning to do Alaska and did not want any problems in a remote area.
    Nothing wrong with the old ones (still have them as "spares")

    That being said I check each tire change by inserting my index finger in each inner race and turn back and forth to feel any roughness or play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSAddict View Post
    The front bearings last a very long time unless the bike does many deep water crossings.
    I changed mine out on my GS at 175k miles as I was planning to do Alaska and did not want any problems in a remote area.
    Nothing wrong with the old ones (still have them as "spares")

    That being said I check each tire change by inserting my index finger in each inner race and turn back and forth to feel any roughness or play.
    Exactly. If the bearing is going bad you will feel roughness and if you feel roughness then you need to replace the bearing.
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    Thanks, guys. I feel better now!
    2000 BMW R1100RS | Past bikes: 97 Suzuki GS500E, 82 Suzuki GS1100E, 07 Suzuki V-Strom 650

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    When I have the tire and wheel off the bike i stick the index finger from both hands in either side wheel bearing and give the wheel a spin by rolling the tire along the floor and letting it spin on my fingers. If you feel any catching or notchy feeling, replace the bearings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    When I have the tire and wheel off the bike i stick the index finger from both hands in either side wheel bearing.......
    Sure but how do you reattach your fingers to your hands?

    Sorry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Sure but how do you reattach your fingers to your hands?

    Sorry...
    You have to watch closely, his hands never leave his arms....
    Stolen from MJM RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSAddict View Post
    Stolen from MJM RIP.
    Frequently thought of and always missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Frequently thought of and always missed.
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