Originally Posted by Bruce_Yates
Actually, he states several times that, to quote, "the initial failure is usually a failure of the large ball bearing." He seems to suggest that to eliminate the problem, all you need to do is replace the original design "19-ball" bearing with the newly designed "17-ball" bearing, which he hasn't heard of any failures with (yet).
My question is, "Is it really that simple?" Do we just need to order a 17-ball bearing and follow his instructions to install it (or have our dealer do that the next time our bikes go in for service) to be able to stop worrying about this issue?
Hey, hey - mornin'!
Bruce, that's ed zachery what I'd do if Toad didn't already have the 17-ball replacement bearing. You gotta figure if your 19-ball unit throws craps, it ain't gonna happen in your garage on a lousy weather day when you couldn't be riding anyway!! Toad's went in the 70,000 mile window; now has 107,000 on the odo. It's +/- 300 bones to replace on a pre-emptive basis. Toad's wuz good-willed by a great dealer, who took care of the situation with BMW NA and whomever else wuz necessarily involved.
As far as not worrying about it any longer - I rarely do. If the 17-ball units start failing, I'll take the cure for that and keep on keepin' on. At my age, bein' in worry-mode ain't good for the ticker, and I like wakin' up in a new world every day!!
BTW, not a single brand/model captures my attention as a replacement for Toad .... yet. Oh, I suppose another LT would, butt.....
(As a quick aside, if I were rich enough to stable two scoots, Toad would have to share space with one of them Victory models - I think about them alot!!!
BTW - Salsa is getting up there in mileage, right? You gonna do the bearing swap? I mean, all them saltwater submersions that Salsa has been on, it might be time!!
Don't think I answered your question, Bruce. Butt, those are my thoughts and opinions on the issue. I do like reading other's viewpoints; some passionate positive and some passionate negative. Different strokes for diff..... ,etc.
Take care - cya in the Peach State.