Just wanted to share this. I got my front fork serviced this week, new fork oil + seals as well as new (conical) steering bearings as there had been some play in the front fork for a while now. First time ever that the bill was actually in line with what I had expected at 300€ but I digress...
The mechanic kept the ball bearings to show me. The top ones were pretty much fine, but the bottom ones were completely rusted. Shame I forgot to take a picture but it actually looked worse
than this random pic from google (not even the same bearing type but just to make the point):[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
The mechanic wondered whether the factory forgot to put grease on them or whether I had used a high pressure cleaner on the bottom of the steering stem. This I obviously didn't so (I only use a garden hose and even then don't point it at insensible parts like the ECU or bearings, but the previous owners could have done so) but considering the things I read about stingy grease usage by Moto Guzzi I suspect the former may be more likely.
On another note, the mechanic unfortunately sheered in half the clutch microswitch that allows the bike to start in gear with the clutch pressed, which I only noticed while riding home. Unfortunately the OEM switch costs like 100€, absolutely insane. Does anyone known an alternative source for the microswitch that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg (I'm not going to claim it at the workshop in these times of hardship).