Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Dayton, OH, USA
Trip from Ohio to Albuquerque, through Colorado and back to Ohio.
I just completed a grand ride (3848 miles of mostly fun) with lots of great sights and roads. At least 3000 miles of it were non interstate, but still to many of the non-interstate roads were still slabs. All and all I guess 2000 miles of the ride was non slab.
My favorite roads were :
Missouri 160 between Doniphan and West Plan, 14, 76 and 86.
Colorado 550 Durango to Ridgway, 62, 141, 65, 133, 131, 40 and 34.
Now for the good luck and bad luck. As I was leaving Albuquerque on I25 early one morning, the GT lost all power. As bad luck would have it I was in the far left lane, but was able to get to the right lane and an exit. But my good luck did not stop there, a man riding by on his bicycle stopped to see if he could help. You see he worked at the local BMW shop and was on his way to work three blocks away. I said yes. He returned a half hour latter with a truck and trailer to hall my GT to the shop (I hate to see motor cycles on trailers, especially mine).
Well this was just the beginning of the good service I got at the Sandia BMW shop. Because I was a traveler, they work me in quickly and within an hour said that I had a fuel problem and that it could be a fuel pump and offered to shuttle me to my daughters house in town because it would take a while to finish the repairs. I called my daughter instead to have her pick me up.
It took most of the day to finish the diagnostics and repair. It turns out that the fuel pump had not failed but that a fuel line had come off the fuel filter inside the fuel take. They put the hose back on with a new hose clamp and reassembled the GT. Except for paying the bill I was on my way. You know BMW is not cheap.
Now here is where I want some opinions. My local dealer replaced by fuel filter at the 24,000 mile service and the GT only had 31,437 miles on it when the hose came off. I also have an extended warranty. Who do you think should pay for the $480 repair.
When I think of all the roads I was on, the hose could not have come off at a better place other than my garage.