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Final drive failure 2000Km away from home - stranded

i am in garmisch - germany for annual bmw biker meeting. my final drive collapsed, part not in stock, must wait till wednesday. i'm pissed, was supposed to go to swiss alps in furka and grimsel pass tommorow.


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i am in garmisch - germany for annual bmw biker meeting. my final drive collapsed, part not in stock, must wait till wednesday. i'm pissed, was supposed to go to swiss alps in furka and grimsel pass tommorow.
Ah man that sucks. Trade it for a new one and you can go.

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Why not rent a car and go visit the BMW AG Motorrad factory, take the tour, and ask them "What's up with the final drives crapping out?" Might be enlightening to all. Then again, they might just respond with "We've never heard of that problem."

I know what you are going through. Breaking down on the road costs mucho money for an unexpected layover that can drag out forever - maybe months. Part of the BMW ownership mystic I guess.

Could be worse. You could have been on a Bimota or something equally rare and sitting awaiting parts.

Good luck, and may your parts wait not be too long.


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Why not rent a car and go visit the BMW AG Motorrad factory, take the tour, and ask them "What's up with the final drives crapping out?" Might be enlightening to all. Then again, they might just respond with "We've never heard of that problem."

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Now that is a good idea. And if they say they have never heard of that problem ask them for an e-mail address so everyone who has had a problem can drop them a NICE note.

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Bummer dude....that sucks. I agree with going to the factory and giving them an earful though. Getting stuck is no fun.

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For Doru and others, is there anything that happens that gives a warning that the FD is about to crap out? Like 100 miles prior or 50 miles? Or even 1 or 10 miles prior? And when it does, mmmm, what do you have, just no connection inside the FD (stripped) or is the wheel crooked or what?

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For Doru and others, is there anything that happens that gives a warning that the FD is about to crap out? Like 100 miles prior or 50 miles? Or even 1 or 10 miles prior? And when it does, mmmm, what do you have, just no connection inside the FD (stripped) or is the wheel crooked or what?

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Lateral movement in the back wheel or an oil stain on the drive side of the rear wheel. Either of these two tell tales or even both.
When they go it can happen pretty quick, when mine went is was simply checking my back tyre at a gas station after filling up and found about an inch of lateral movement. Game over!

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thanks to the aftersales director of bmw from back home in romania the german dealer took off the whole part from a brand new k siting on the showroom floor and repaced the damaged one on my bike. therefore, i was able to go today over furka and grimsel passes. i'm now in interlaken - swiss, tommorow will be heading home. few pics for those interested.
p.s. regarding the final drive, i had a ballbearing noise about 2-300km in advance, wheel did not stopped spinning, went 50 km to the dealer riding. anybody heard about bad accidents due to final drive failure? looks pretty risky.
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anybody heard about bad accidents due to final drive failure? looks pretty risky.
thankfully i haven't, but unfortunately it will probably have to kill a few of us before they will consider a recall.
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