Tight 919 rear wheel bearings: As designed?
I've just replaced the rear tyre on my 10K mile 900 (919), and was intrigued by the feel of my rear wheel bearings when the wheel is off the bike: they feel very tight, and can only be turned by hand with difficulty. However, they aren't 'graunchy' or rough; just really stiff. I even popped the seal off the sprocket side bearing, and there was plenty of reasonably clean grease.
The spacer is tight between the inner races, so I'm wondering if this is normal, and that when properly torqued up, the spacer will compress enough to bring the bearing back into tolerance. I wouldn't like to go any distance with them that tight if not. I haven't come across this on any of my previous bikes, but maybe Honda started reducing the spacer wall thickness to reduce unsprung weight!
Anyone remember their rear wheel bearings being tight? Incidentally, the cush drive bearing is fine, and when assembled the wheel spins freely and there is certainly no play or noise.
Hornet 900 (919) 2003. Leo Vince SBK cans.