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Hi, all. At slower town speeds (e.g. 15-40 mph) I am able to hear a very slight rotational clunking noise from the front wheel. I think this might be the wheel bearings and I wondered if any of you had experience with this?

The bike currently has 15,2xx miles and I wondered if this could be considered part of the routine maintenance for such mileage. If so, would you suggest merely buying the OEM bearing set from a Kawasaki dealer, or would you think an aftermarket set would provide better performance and durability?

Thanks for all of your help today. I'm really glad that I found this forum from a random Yahoo search...

Have a great night,

-Vic
 

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your front axle is probably out of alignment. you have to loosen the front axle and pinch bolts then bounce the front end to realign it. either that or your steering stem needs tightening. I doubt it;s the bearings.
 

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your front axle is probably out of alignment. you have to loosen the front axle and pinch bolts then bounce the front end to realign it. either that or your steering stem needs tightening. I doubt it;s the bearings.
Hey, cive, thanks a lot for your feedback on this. Since I don't have a hex bit that would fit the axle bolts, I was thinking about taking the bike to a local bike shop or Kawasaki dealer to have someone examine the front end.
 

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I had this exact issue. It was my front wheel bearings. If it is making the clunking noise, make sure to check the axle spacers when u have it apart for damage. There is 2 side ones and one internal one. When my front bearings went, i took it to our shitty kawi dealer and they didnt replace my spacers that got damaged. The following season it started up again. When i powder coated my rims i found that all the spacers were chewed up. I took it back and made them install new bearings for free. Havent had an issue since.
 

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Also, I used aftermarket bearings that I purchased from a bearing specialist shop in town. I would have used oem but they take to long to get shipped to my town. You will need bearing seals anyways thats why oem is easier.
 

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Just to embellish a little more about the problem, I had this clunking noise coming from my front wheel at low speeds. First it was rare so I ignored it. As it got worse it was happening more and more. I tried new rotors in case they were warped, cleaned my calipers and put new seals in them as I had a few seized pistons, and checked my axle multiple times. I didn't notice it was my bearings cause they have those seals covering them and I didn't want to take them off. Eventually the bearings completely failed and I rode to the dealership with a huge front wheel wobble with my gf following me in my truck just in case I bailed.
 
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