This is an updated post from the original one I did back in July 2014. This was actually one of the first maintenance tasks I completed as a video for this site. At the time our camera was pretty cheap and our lighting was pretty bad! Thankfully you all stuck with us and we’ve upgraded our equipment and lighting. Thank You!
Hight Temp Bearing Grease (Harley Davidson does make a high temp grease too)
Shop towels to wipe off excess grease (disposable are best)
The only two things you’re going to need for this maintenance procedure are a Grease Gun and high temp bearing grease. Amazon, Auto repair shops and places like Nothern Tools carry the grease gun and an all-purpose bearing grease. You won’t need any special adapters or extenders, the basic grease gun right out of the box works just fine.
Harley Davidson carries a grease that is formulated for higher temperatures before it liquefies. Using this grease is important because if you just pick up some bearing grease at Autozone the breakdown temperature may not be as high and if it’s hot outside and/or you’re doing a lot of maneuvers (skills day, competition, etc.) the grease could literally seep out of the bottom of the steering head and begin to leave the bearings without lubrication.
I am sure that the same is true for other motorcycle manufactures. If in doubt check your owners manual or ask at your dealership.
How To Lubricate Steering Head Bearings on a Motorcycle
- Load the grease gun
- Locate the grease fitting on your motorcycle and attach the grease gun tip to it.
- Squeeze the handle of the grease gun. You want to go slow and steady.
- Keep an eye on the upper and lower areas steering head. The lubricant will begin coming out at the bottom area first.
- Continue to pump until you see it ooze out the top section too.
- Remove any excess lubricant
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