'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!!)
IBA, MOA, ONS
The mind knows no speed limit.
'06 GT - CGM "Katie"
'84 Airhead "Rita"
Last edited by SKIZIKS; Sep 19th, 2008 at 7:11 pm.