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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
You need to remove a ton of stuff. Front wheel, fender, forks, brakes, handlebars, instrument panel, headlight, and a whole bunch of little parts. Going by the book here, I have never had mine apart, and see no reason to take them apart unless a problem shows up. Steering head bearings, just like swing arm bearings wear very slowly, they can be adjusted without removing all that stuff. Unless you've been using a high pressure washer, like a car wash, on the bike, the grease in there should be good for over 100,000 miles. If I ever do find a problem with mine that an adjustment won't fix, then and only then will I take them apart, and after going to all that trouble, I will certainly be installing new bearings.
Very few bikes have ever had their steering head apart. The manufacturer just puts that on the maintenance schedule because it is a labor intensive job, and they see $$$$. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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