Putting off the inevitable after the Gonzo tweak having run its course, I bit the bullet and decided to tackle the steering bearing replacement. The pictures posted by 'Reticulum' were of considerable help-and comfort- to see what another brother had got himself into. It is no mean feat!
Several days later-at my age three hours effort per day is enough energy output- the new Timkin 3208 bearings were in place and all sixteen new copper washers fitted to the hydraulic unions.
Yesterday was our first run. In company with my two wheel companions, who just love the very windy country roads around West Auckland. What a difference. The handling was SO precise-I had forgotten just how well this wee bike/trike could corner. Ecstasy!
Expenditure: Bearings 2x $62. 96 inc tax NZ
Washers 16x $16.80
Brake fluid ? $13.50
I can add this experience to the replacement of the ECU; Tilt drive motor; potentiometer; fuel pump; fuel injector; variator bits + belts. Fixing wheel & seat sensor wiring plus other minor irritations. All this in 25,500 miles!
In my many years of motorcycling this would have to be the most 'involving' of relationships.