1:Put your bike on its centre stand.
2:With bike on centre stand, loft front wheel a few inches off the ground. Use a piece of wood to bottom of fork tube to keep it there, or if you have somebody to help you have them push down on the passenger grab rail at the back to keep front wheel in air.
3: Spin the wheel. Does it spin straight and true? Does it wobble? Is the motion smooth "like sliding on ball bearings", or rough like a pepper grinder?
4: Holding fork leg with one hand and grabbing the airborne front wheel with the other check for axial or radial play in the bearings (basically, does it move side to side, or up and down?).
Any wobble, or any play, tells you your bearings are done. A set of wheel bearings costs around $20, max, and takes around 30m for the front wheel of you have never done this before. I wouldn't let it stop me from going to vegas.
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Last edited by jackal; 3-19-2017 at 1:41 AM.