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wheel bearings buggered - anyone else?

Research question - 2002 F650 GS Dakar, 13,000 hard miles on the dusty clock, front wheel bearings buggered - by the time I got the wheel off to have a look, 8 were missing. Anyone else had similar problems? Or is this just the result of too many clumsy wheelies?
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That sounds quite short to me but the F650 isn't known for having the highest quality bearings in the first place.

Check http://faq.f650.com/FAQs/FrontWheelB...acementFAQ.htm for a good replacement procedure.

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Thanks, man. Now the head races are shot too. I'm not impressed.
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Don't worry too much. BMW's are typically a mix of 95% excellent quality components and 5% utter crap. You've already identified two of the worst parts on an F650 - my BMW dealer insisted on changing the head races (with higher quality Jap ones) almost right away, and the wheel bearings went quite quickly. I think the chaingang website contains a list of other dodgy bits. On the older F650's, the regulator/rectifier would always blow, the battery evaporate, and the water pump leak (keep an eye on the coolant levels). Otherwise they are pretty solid bikes.
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Ta. One more thing, this snorkel cutting conversion thing - f650.com link doesn't work - is it just a case of drilling/slotting a hole or seven in the snorkel? Anything else need ruining?
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