I have a little two wheel drive 2007 Kawasaki Bayou 250 in the shop today. I like this simple machine because it reminds me of my first ATV. Back in the mid 1980s I had a brand new Bayou 185. That is back when everyone else had 3 wheelers and I had a new 4 wheeler. The machine seemed great back then, but it is laughable today. Some of the special features it had were shaft drive, reverse, and electric start. Some of the things that were missing are front brakes and rear suspension. It had a solid rear end, I don't mean a solid rear axle like a lot of base models have today. The rear end was solid, no suspension other than the tires!
The machine that is in the shop today has all the modern features. It is in the shop because of a loose wheel It wobbled around when you drove the machine. I looked at it quickly a few weeks ago and assumed that it had a bad bearing. I ordered a new bearing and shaft seal for it. When I actually pulled it in the shop today and took the wheel off I realized that the hub was loose on the shaft.
For some reason the hub was not seated all the way on the shaft and the shaft seems to have a lot of end play?. I'm not sure what the problem is yet, I didn't get a chance to pull the shaft out. As you can see in the photo the splines are a little wore out on the end, I hope I can get the hub back on far enough to engage what's left of the splines.