I got this from a Bajaj Service Center's Spare Parts outlet.
Excellent experience so far. Even if they don't have a part in stock, they will get it the next day from the main godown.
Despite being a small showroom and service center, they have 2 dedicated employees for spare parts.
Meanwhile, the local Yamaha is like a makeshift showroom. The billing lady there also deals with the spare parts. And the default answer is always 'no' for all parts.
Recently, I had to replace the front wheel bearings of my FZ. I got it from the Bajaj service center without any fuss.
I noticed a lateral play on the rear wheel hub (where the sprocket is connected) while cleaning the chain.
I disassembled the rear wheel for diagnosis.
The shaft had some friction points. There was also some play in the shaft. All 3 bearings were in good condition with no play and rotating freely.
Rubber dampeners which act as the point of contact between the sprocket and rear wheel had seen better days, One of them was cracked into two pieces.
As usual, I went to the Bajaj service center to get these dampeners, but they only had the white dampener. I found out from mysparemarket that the white one is softer and meant for 20/250.
So, I went to KTM spare parts to get it. Surprisingly, they too only had the exact white dampener. They confirmed that it's what they are using on all bikes now.
White Dampener. JY131222
Price: 370 (for 6 pieces)
Black Dampener: JY131201
The shaft comes as a kit with one adjuster, 2 washers, and a nut.
The shaft is a shared part with Duke 200.
Applied grease, installed the shaft with new dampeners in the hub, and adjusted the chain slack. They lateral play is gone now.
To be honest, the shaft replacement was sort of unnecessary.
Next in line was the gear shift linkage AKA tie rod.
It was worn out on the ball and socket side and constantly popped off while cleaning the bike.
The part number is different from the one that came from the factory.
The rubber boot got cut and caused dirt to build up inside causing the clip holding the ball to fail.
My friend suggested getting the updated model found in the Husqvarna models.
This is apparently a better design. Although the rod for Husqvarna is longer due to its rear set footpegs, we can reuse the rod from KTM.
But, this part was not in stock.
A similar design is found on Duke 990 and other bigger bikes,
New tie rod installed.
BTW, the shifter lever is attached using a bearing for smooth operation.
My friend also confirmed that the durability of these toe rods is so poor. This is due to the design. The rubber boot does not fully seal the ball and socket mechanism.
Every time it rains or when the bike is washed, water gets trapped inside the rubber boot and there is no drainage. So it washes off the grease\oil from the surface.
Add to this the dirt build-up, it will wear out quite often.
I finished up the work by cleaning the chain and lubing with with 140W gear oil.
Ours came with the white ones from factory and replaced by the same by the dealer during first chain replacement and the second time by myself. These dampers are one of the most ignored parts in bikes.
A warning for everyone related to ethanol blended fuels.
A Duke 200 I know started miss firing randomly. We were not able to diagnose it for a long time.
It turned out to be water mixed in the fuel.
The water drainage hole of the tank was not blocked and the rubber seal of the tank cap was intact as well.
Ethanol is capable of attracting water/moisture. It can also bond with water molecules. This issue has been reported multiple times in other forums, especially for cars which have been left idle for sometime.
This can also occur if the reservoir tanks of the fuel station is not fully sealed.
So, if any one of you are facing any miss fire or jerk, make sure it is not caused by water in tank.