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TVL ..Front wheel bearing failed

Last night on the way home after a lovely ride out to the coast for a meal with friends on our bikes my mv decided to let me down and stranded me and the Mrs 30 miles from home at 11pm !!!' The front end started to feel wobbly as if the wheel was out of balance and then followed by some quite harsh clunks (which turned out the be the bearings coming out ). I stopped and checked it out and the right hand side wheel bearing had completely disintegrated with half the bearings missing and virtually unable to spin the wheel and it was wobbling around on the axle ..!! unable to ride I had to stay with the bike why my friends went home to get a van a come back to get me ..

My question is ... should it have failed so soon? ..my bike has done 10,000 miles.

I am slightly thankful as 2 weeks ago I was in Germany at the Nuburgring and this would have totally spoilt my trip !!
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The quick answer is no the bearing should not have failed.

But, if the axle was tightened incorrectly or assembled wrong then anything is possible.

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The quick answer is no the bearing should not have failed.

But, if the axle was tightened incorrectly or assembled wrong then anything is possible.
I have had it all apart tonight and apart from getting the bearing out which turned out to be a nightmare it all seemed correct ..so I'm still confused ..
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Having been stranded in Europe as a result of a failed bearing, I tend to replace wheel bearings when I replace the tyres (or depending on use every other tyre change) and view them as service items. Costs very little and gives me peace of mind.

10,000 miles is not necessarily the issue though - it's about how old the bearings are and how often they are used. Like tyres, if the bike is left standing for prolonged periods, they will develop a flat spot and this can cause premature failure.

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Also the bearings only have sealing caps and no proper sealing ring. Over time or when using a pressure washer water and small dirt particles can enter the bearing and cause it to fail.
Mine were shot after 13000km, but 13 years old
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Have a read of this before installing the new bearings,it may be of some help-


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Last night on the way home after a lovely ride out to the coast for a meal with friends on our bikes my mv decided to let me down and stranded me and the Mrs 30 miles from home at 11pm !!!' The front end started to feel wobbly as if the wheel was out of balance and then followed by some quite harsh clunks (which turned out the be the bearings coming out ). I stopped and checked it out and the right hand side wheel bearing had completely disintegrated with half the bearings missing and virtually unable to spin the wheel and it was wobbling around on the axle ..!! unable to ride I had to stay with the bike why my friends went home to get a van a come back to get me ..

My question is ... should it have failed so soon? ..my bike has done 10,000 miles.
In a word: no.

40k miles on my Buell Ulysses when traded for TV.
No problems with wheel bearings, front or rear.

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What is the Model and Year?

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TvL 2015 ..It has full service history from new . I bought from a reputable Kawasaki dealer about 5 months ago who took it in as a trade in .
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In a word: no.

40k miles on my Buell Ulysses when traded for TV.
No problems with wheel bearings, front or rear.
yes ..just what I thought !!..I have never had wheel bearings on any of the bikes I have had over the years ..
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