Just a note to all my fellow thumper lovers and dirt bikers in general. Before you go to a bike shop and shell out your hard earned cash for bearings, go to a bearing distributer (someone who deals with industrial and landscaping accounts).If you are not sure where to go, see if a local golf course will help. I'm pretty sure the steering head bearings (roller) in most bikes are still made by Timken.
I still haven't found a bearing on any dirt bike I've owned in the last 20 years that I could not find a direct replacement. It may take a little time, but if you get ahold of the right person, they can save you a bundle. I recently replaced wheel
bearings on an XR600 and I got the bearings from a place called bearings inc. They cost me about 1/3 of what Honda
wanted for the same bearings. I'm sure any dealerships that see this post aren't going to be too thrilled, but they are not doing you any favors by marking up their products by 100%. Your parts guy may seem like he wants to be your buddie, but has he ever shown you what the shop paid for the bearing he just sold you for 20 bucks? Probably not. I know the shop makes its money from part sales but if they weren't so greedy, I would be willing to compromise. There are too many places to buy parts much cheaper than the bike shops sell them, and, untill the bike shops get a little closer to the actual cost of the parts, I will shop elsewere. Also, check your local lawn mower shop for spark plugs. I bought plugs at my local shop for my RM125(sorry guys) for about 4 bucks apiece. The bike shop wanted 12.00 for the same plug! These were the same platinum plugs Suzuki
recommended for more than 20 bucks apiece!