Happy New Year!!
I've just been stripping the 888 down to attend to the things I didn't manage last year. Despite the lowish (17,000) mileage the headstock bearings are definately scrap and after much swearing the bottom race is finally parted from the stem (I ended up having to use the MIG welder to get some heat into it). The SKF part number (SKF 639172) for the taper bearings appears to be no longer made so has anyone else had any luck cross getting them from a bearing factors? All the wheel/sprocket carrier bearings will be a doddle to get so I'm keen to avoid Ducati prices if I can.
Also, are the fork seals for the Showa forks that come up on eBay OK or should I stick with Ducati ones for those?