Wheel bearings are among those vital motorcycle components that are out of sight and out of mind... until something goes wrong. Wheel bearings failures can do expensive damage to your motorcycle and can result in a dangerous loss of control and a crash as well. So let’s give them some love!
Check your motorcycle’s owner’s manual for wheel bearing inspection intervals and maintenance procedures. Most motorcycles now have non-adjustable ball-bearing wheel bearings, and usually they have shields and are non-greasable. Wheel bearings often last the life of the motorcycle, but riding through deep water, on rough terrain on sandy and dusty roads, spraying the bearing areas with high-pressure washers, overloading, and failing to lubricate (if needed) can shorten their service drastically.
Follow factory recommendations when you inspect them, and replace them if any signs of looseness or wear is present.