Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Edmonton, , Canada
So I rode 2,500 ims from Edmonton, ab to Fairbanks and I was about 100 miles from Fairbanks when I heard a whining sound appear from the rear end. It got louder and higher pitch with speed, but I made it into town. The dealer here is across the street from the hotel I'm in and they looked at it and say the rear bearing has had it, as well as the shaft seal and the two bearings inside. The two shaft bearings are on order and will be here in two days. I also needed a new front tire even though I put on new BT020's last year and the rear is fine.
I was thinking about doing a preventive replacement of the bearing before the trip, but many told me not to and leave it alone if it is ok.
I recommend either replacing it before a long trip, especially if yours has more miles on it ( mine has 55, 000k), or bring along all the parts or make sure the shops where you are going have everything in stock before you set out just in case!