A summation of the comments I have received:
…“your bearing will fit into a recess, bore or hole. When you fit it into this place the edge facing you should have the markings on it. This is irrespective of what you fit after wards or if the part is then fitted any other way.”
“I've not done one but would think it means so that once pushed in you can see the numbers facing you.”
“The bearing seal needs to be toward the 'outside'.
That keeps all the lubrication in the area between the bearings.”
(Paraphrasing a statement I recall from another thread I have not been able to relocate) Generally, on Japanese bikes anything installed toward the “outside” means toward the outside of the bike, irrespective of the orientation of an individual assembly.
I appreciate and understand the logic of the first two but, in this particular instance tend to agree more with the latter two. What I found pictorially in the manual also seems to be at odds. Here are extreme blowups of schematics in the repair manual, which would seem to reinforce the “seal out” theory:
[attachment=3:2bqx9nxn]CVT Needle Bearing.JPG[/attachment:2bqx9nxn] [attachment=2:2bqx9nxn]Needle & ball bearing schematic.jpg[/attachment:2bqx9nxn]
On the other hand, here are two pictures, also from the manual, somewhat showing the removal and installation of the bearing, in which it appears to me the non-sealed, stamped side is visible:
[attachment=1:2bqx9nxn]Bearing with puller.jpg[/attachment:2bqx9nxn] [attachment=0:2bqx9nxn]Needle bearing installed pic from manuel.jpg[/attachment:2bqx9nxn]
Speaking on the phone today to mechanics at two different New York Suzuki dealership (our local guys have VERY LITTLE Burgman experience so, I thought I’d talk to someone more likely to have worked on them), they both said the bearing should be installed so the seal would be on the side that would allow grease to the bearing and also protect the bearing from the environment of the inside of the CVT cover. We all have read/seen how dusty this area can be and I can’t believe the unsealed side of a bearing would be subjected to this. Considering all the input and my gut feeling, I’m going to put the bearing with the seal on the outside of the assembly, with the stamped surface facing toward the “outside” of the bike but, toward the “inside” of the clutch assembly. Wish me luck!