Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Final Drive Failure
I just returned from a two week trip to the Canadian Rockies last Thursday. On Friday I washed the bike and while cleaning some road tar off of the rear wheel something didn't feel right. When I grabbed the tire I could move the back of the wheel laterally 1/4th of an inch in both directions. No drive fluid leakage; no unusual noise - no warning.
My GT is an '07 with 20,300 miles. I changed the Final Drive fluid at 600, 6000 and 12000 miles - Mobil 1 synthetic gear lube 75W-90.
I dropped it off at the dealer today. I road it there and it felt fine...I wonder how many miles I rode with it that way coming back from Canada? After two LT's and a GT I'm used to glancing at the rear wheel looking for a leaking FD but I guess I'll have to give the wheel a shake every once in a while.
After reading about the many FD failures interrupting riders trips I feel lucky that mine got me home.