Recently, herringbone-grooved journal bearings (HGJBs) have important applications in high-speed rotating machinery. The groove action in pumping the lubricating fluid inward generates supporting stiffness and improves the stability of the bearing when operating concentrically. Several researchers have investigated the static and dynamic characteristics of HGJBs and grooved thrust bearings. Most of these investigations were theoretical and concentrated on HGJBs with rectangular-profile grooves. In the present work, the static and dynamic characteristics of the beveled-step HGJBs are experimentally investigated. The bearing attitude angle, pressure distribution, and bearing friction torque were measured on a hydrodynamic lubrication unit, and then the static and dynamic characteristics were determined. The obtained experimental results are compared to the obtained experimental results for plain journal bearing. The merits as well as the demerits of the groove profile were discussed through comparisons with plain journal bearings.