Sealed bearings! warning......
3 months ago I replaced the rear wheel bearings on my XT600 with KYOTO
Bearings #6203 2RS C3 these are a SEALED bearing.
They are sealed at the Factory so contain sealed in grease and should last many thousands of miles right? wrong!!!!!
I noticed that after just 1100 Kilometers (700 miles) my bike was starting to waggle is backside like a teenager at a Disco, so i decided to have a little look. to my horror the rear wheel bearings were worn.
I took the bike into Motos Alvi in the Village today as I did not have any new Bearings and hoped he may have, good old Antonio........ he did have....(OK it took him 45 minutes to find them under all the junk but they were indeed the right size) we took the wheel out, removed the bearings and i prised the sealing cap off.
Bone Dry! No Grease! Not even a Smear!
the other side had grease but not much. Antonio removed the Dust caps on the New bearings and guess what? Just a Smear of Grease!!!!! we soon remedied that and put a good dollop in there of HMP graphite stuff. sealed them back up and reassembled the Bike.
Antonio was in a good mood and only charged me 15 euros including the bearings! Result!
So good people, check those Bearings, Dont trust the Factory. I was suprised at it failing so soon.... it will be going into a padded bag with a nice letter........ I will keep you posted