Thought I would share my experience with wheel bearings on the V2K. Last spring on our trip through the states the front wheel bearings went out, a bit of grinding noises came out of the front but made it to a motel in Bowling Green Kentucky, late afternoon on Friday. Called 3 Kawi dealers around Nashville and none had any front bearings, these bearings are used on most of Kawasakis big bikes. One dealer said he could get them in a couple of days but would not be able to install them for two weeks, not too impressed with the dealers. Luckily there was an independent shop in Bowling Green that had the right bearings and changed them on Saturday morning, good people. The bike had 70,000 km on it, had plans of installing new bearings at the same time as front tire when we got home but alas didn't make it. Once we got home, went on another trip to BC and the new bearings went out again after only 2500kms, found some in a bearing shop and me and my buddy changed them in a truck repair shop. This winter before our spring trip to the states, installed new tires, new rear bearings, new belt and new bearings in swing arm. One rear bearing was slightly rough and the swing arm seal had went and their was moisture in the bearings. The belt had three small holes in it from pushing through rocks, one was on the edge so replaced it. From now on am going to replace all bearings about every 40,000 km. Also, before I install the new bearings I pull the bearing seals off and stuff them full of grease, not enough in there from the factory in my mind.