I volunteered to help out with the National Multiple Schlerosis Bike ride in Ventura, CA. It's a bicycle ride that is designed to raise money and bring awareness to the disease.
I live in San Francisco so I had a little traveling to do to get there. I had my 2007 K1200GT serviced on Thursday and I took off work on Friday to make the drive. I rode down with a friend who has worked as a BMW mechanic. He rides an older R1150RT.
We left SF, and headed down the following route: http://tinyurl.com/2e76z37
We stopped in Paso Robles for lunch and that was when my friend Peter noticed my back tire. It was a bit wet and since we didn't go through any water, he was a bit concerned. Apparently, the O ring was pinched when the speed sensor was installed. I was leaking fluid from the final drive. It didn't seem like too much so we cleaned it up and continued on. We made it to Ventura without further incident.
Saturday, we woke up to lots of moister in the air and very wet roads. I was on the route and decided to try and find the local BMW dealer. I was able to find BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County. I called and talked to Corwin. I explained my issue and he knew exactly what it was. I took it to them and they fixed it, checked the other fluid levels and even cleaned up all of the spilled oil from my bike and tire. I was on my way within two hours. I called the shop who did the original service and they will reimburse me the cost that I paid in Ventura. All of $124.
Sunday, the ride home was quicker. Straight up the highway to SF. We hit rain 25 miles south of King City (I was very happy to have had the drive fixed. The last thing I would want is oil on the tire and water on the road.). That is where we stopped for gas. That is where my center stand broke (see picture). This is the second time in three years.
All in all, it was a great weekend. Over 1,000 miles and still had a great time.