This article is applicable for all two wheelers (made or built in India), namely,
- Hero Honda Karizma (ZMA) / ZMR / Hunk / CBZ eXtreme
- TVS Apache RTR 160 / 180
- Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS / P150 / P180 / P200 / P220 DTSi or DTS-Fi / 200 NS
- Bajaj Avenger 200 / 220 DTS-i
- Yamaha R15 / FZ-16 / FZ-S / Fazer
- Honda Unicorn 150cc / Honda CBR 250R / 150R
When to apply grease / lubrication in front wheel bearings and axle ?
Greasing cycle varies depending on weather and riding condition in which your bike is used. Its safe to grease the front wheel bearings once a 3000kms – 5000kms.
Whats wrong if not greased ?
- Effects in acceleration
- Effects in top speed
- Effects mileage (wheel play wont be smooth and free)
- Effects in overall smoothness
- Reduce of bearing life
- Possible failure in extreme hard condition
Example of poor greasing (in bad condition) and no grease at all (dried out over time).
How to grease the front wheel bearings and front axle ?
First step is to detach the Disc breaks and then remove the wheel assembly and axle from the front fork. Secondly removing the dust seal (inner and outer) to access the bearing and axle for lubrication or greasing purpose..
Its needed to clean the area properly before attempting to grease / lubricate the front wheel bearings and axle.
After its cleaned properly, its time to apply right amount of grease for lubrication purpose in the both side of wheel bearings.
Which grease to be used for lubrication purpose ?
You can use any grease meant for bike lubrication. Some of the better known brands are like Castrol / Motul / Indian Oil (servo) / Reliance.
Cost of Work ?
Usually these works are done at the time of (“power”) service only hence charges are included in service it self.
Most of the time, company owned / authorized service centers may skip the work by saying not needed or such reason but its very important that you insist on greasing the said part for better performance and long life of your bike / motorcycle.