Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kapuskasing Ontario Canada
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Even at over 50000 miles, others never had any steering stem bearing issues, and never mentioned any maintenance done to them. They are properly greased and sealed to protect from rain and dust... How does your steering feel? You can check, inspect, clean, grease and adjust referring to pages 2-35 and 2-36 of the free 2007 repair manual download.
I would recommend checking your swingarm needle bearing assembly. I found that the swingarm's inner bearing bushing (inner bearing race) was nearly seized in the needle bearings, and wearing in on the mount bolt and within the frame already at only 2600 miles on the Versys. No rust or lack of grease, just too tight to allow normal operation. The inner bushing is supposed to stay put with the mount bolt in the frame, with the needle bearings rotating around it with the swingarm... I smoothed down the bushing with wet 1500 grit silicon-carbide waterproof sandpaper, then polishing compound, wiped it all clean and re-packed with synthetic grease. The bushing fits a bit loosely within the frame which has to be torqued down on it, so I secured it back at 90 ft-lbs instead of 80. It's rotating nice and smoothly now, and I don't get that strange feedback in sharps bumps like I used to.