Well I stopped by the local independent shop. Bearing install $400-$600 depending on how long it takes but said stop by with the bike .(Is the lower triple tree that hard to remove?)
You keep asking that question. Is not hard at all to remove the upper and lower fork bridges. It takes about an hour to take everything apart. It takes about an hour to put everything back. It takes about an hour to remove the inner bottom bearing race, remove 2 races from the chassis, and press 2 new races in the chassis, one on the steering stem, plus grease.
Is not hard but if you do it yourself make sure to show it to your wife when it is all apart. Should get a reaction.
He looked at my tires which were put on by PO at dealer at some point with 2,700 mi on the bike when I got it. He said tire is starting to cup as it was installed backward. He said Conti Attack should be installed with arrow facing toward the front of the bike and is not a directional arrow . So waiting to hear back from Michelin to confirm that . He said take care of that , then see where the bike is.
Arrow facing forward when arrow is above the axle or below the axle?
That dealer is a dolt because the arrow indicates direction of rotation
. And "cupping".
No motorcycle tire ever cups
. Cupping occurs at one or a few places on the tire spanning multiple tread blocks. Irrespective of the tread pattern. Scalloping is a variation of feathering, both of which are undesirable wear patterns which repeat with every tread block around the tire due to scrubbing. On automobiles feathering usually indicates wheels out of alignment. On motorcycles there isn't anything you can do about it.
Motorcycle tires must scallop due to the rounded profile. The center is larger in diameter than the tread to either side but when both are in contact with the road at the same time the longer circumference and the shorter circumference being forced to move at the same speed must fight each other. One or both will scrub. Tread blocks will squirm under the load. Edges of the tread blocks will wear different than the center of the tread blocks.
Can increase tire pressure to minimize the width of the road contact patch. Narrower width for less difference in rolling circumference for less scrubbing. But also less traction.