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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2008, 6:06 pm Thread Starter
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'06 Final Drive Failed Today

I noticed some oil weeping around the black ring on the final drive this am. I was 500 km from home, but only 200 km from the local dealer. I headed up there this PM and they wouldn't let me ride it any further. There was too much play in the final drive. My '06 had 34,585 km on the odo today. They tried to "overnight" a new drive for installation tomorrow morning, but unfortunately BMW Motorrad Canada were fresh out. Part needs to come from Germany. Expected delivery is one week. They tell me my new drive will have a drain plug. Mine is their first GT. They have done lots of KRs and KSs and few RTs.

Since they couldn't get me back on the road they lent me an FJR for the ride home. Wow am I glad they did!! It sure helps me appreciate what I have. That FJR is a POS. I couldn't believe how much quality switch gear, six speeds, cruise control, heated grips, ESA, engine quality, air management, ride quality, pannier quality etc. made a difference. I love my BMW. The amount of engine vibration in that FJR was astounding. Completely blew my mind. And the steering . . . . I couldn't believe how "heavy" feeling it was. Fuel consumption was also significantly higher. First time I've spent some significant miles on one and I will never leave my BMW no matter how many final drives I go through. German quality and engineering can't be beat. (Isn't that an ironic statement!!)

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It's nice to hear a happy report on the GT, not to mention one in the face of a final drive failure. My final drive is fine, but I got on my old bike (Kawasaki GPZ1100) for a little ride before I sell it and had much the same experience. It's so good to get on my GT after being on another bike.
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I noticed some oil weeping around the black ring on the final drive this am. There was too much play in the final drive. My '06 had 34,585 km on the odo today. Part needs to come from Germany. Expected delivery is one week. They have done lots of KRs and KSs and few RTs.

German quality and engineering can't be beat. (Isn't that an ironic statement!!)
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Quality and good engineering don't necessarily mean "perfection". No manufacturer is infallible, German or Japanese.

And lack of perfection in no way suggests poor quality or bad engineering. Like I said, I'll be sticking with BMW, because in my mind quality and engineering give me the ride I want.

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Although I have never ridden one, I am not surprised that the FJR was not up to the level of the GT. After all, it is thousands less.

I wonder how the Connie 14 stacks up?

Hope they get you back on the road with your new FD soon.

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I wonder how the Connie 14 stacks up?
I rode one after my FD failed. It's a fun bike with good power and a decent riding position. But it's no GT.

Many magazine testers felt the C14 had gobs of power, even though the GT beats it (and the FJR and ST) in top speed and measured roll-on tests. And the GT pretty much matches it in the 1/4 mile.

But none of those bikes can match the GT for brakes, suspension (especially on rough roads), or amenities. If only they could sort out the spotty fuel injection and drivetrain problems, it would be close to the perfect sport-tourer.

Still, there are all kinds of bikes for all kinds of riders, and I appreciate the choice and the competition.

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Great report and glad to hear about the drain plug on the new FD's.. The GT is a great bike, no doubt.
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I have owned 18 bikes that I can remember since 1962, including motocross and enduros even 3 HDs if you count the buell. Never had a problem selling and trading for different bikes before the GT!

I still want some other bikes, but just can't justify getting rid of the GT, too big of an attitude adjustment for me to make!

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I do totally agree - will keep my GT as long as possible. Have just returned from Germany - flew there to attend an Enduro BMW training course in Hehlingen on R1200GS because was tired of poor road surface here and am thinking about more enduro-oriented bike but only as a supplement to my GT.

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... They tell me my new drive will have a drain plug...
Well Skiziks,

I had my FD replaced a few months ago, and they did NOT change the outer casing of the FD, so only the internals were swapped out. Meaning I did not get a drain plug.

After 1000 km I had to get in to change the FD oil, and they had to dismount the FD to get rid of the oil.

So I wonder if you will get the outer FD casing: I doubt it? Cost of the FD internals (but under warranty) was +1600 EUR.

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