Hello one and all,
I decided to check my steering stem, swingarm, and linkage bearings for grease on my 2013 Griso and pass on what I found.
The steering stem looked to have adequate grease so I added some more and did a careful torquing and reassembly.
The swingarm bearings also had grease but not so obvious if more would not have been better. The needle bearings in the suspension linkage surprised me by how much more grease I could press into them. Again, a careful torquing and reassembly so I could forget about this possible issue for a long time.
Of note: The tool Todd sells over at GuzziTech to deal with the castellated nut which sets the preload on the swingarm bearings was worth getting. I'll pound on these kind of nuts with a brass drift if I have to but it's nice to have the right tool to put a torque wrench to. Also, Pete Roper's suggestion of using a bottle jack to pop the glued on CARC from the swingarm was brilliant. Don't know if I would have thought of that solution and the adhesive (looked like RTV) was strong. Trying to pry those surfaces apart or apply enough heat to soften the adhesive would be damage waiting to happen.
One thing I was unsuccessful at was getting the drive shaft off the output shaft to grease the splines. I gave it many a good whack but it did not pop off so I contented my self with pushing as much grease into the ends of the splines. Maybe the cold temperature of my garage was a factor in not being able to separate them. Easy to grease the other in of course.
That's it except to say that I'm glad I did this though I found no real problems. I like having felt the bearing motion with my hands and torque them myself. If you can't afford to pay someone to do this for you or it is beyond your abilities, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it but if you ride a lot of miles, you will want to get in there some day.
PS, try Mark's (Beetle) map for your Griso if you don't like the fueling. Best improvement you can make for just a modest donation.