Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Perhaps Others May Benefit From My Breakdown
Could not have broken down in a worse place. Merging on to a major highway [traffic raging by at 70 mph plus] with construction going on the clutch decided to let go. Engine ok, clutch disengaged or barely engaging. Pulled on the shoulder, luckily hardtop, and set bike. Hmmmmm . . . could be that the clutch reservoir low; call up BMW Daytona and the service techs try to talk me thru it, but then again, who the hell carries MINERAL OIL (as in lubricant/laxative) in their saddlebag? I decide NOT to pull the reservoir cover, although I suspect that it is indeed low.
Some initial suspicions. When I [first] picked up the bike and it was driven on to trailer after 10 mile test ride, thereís a SINGLE TUBE about in the middle of the bike, aligned with the shift lever. This neoprene tube leaked a few drops of some fluid . . . perhaps brake fluid, NOT engine oil. I called up the service tach and got the usual gobbledlygook about pressure in the ABS pump, blah balh, probably had a few drops in the line. Well, clutch not engaged and this same tube is leaking fluid; a few drops of a light amber fluid. Service tech once again asserts itís the ABS pump which has nothing to do with clutch not engaging. Hmmmm . . . CIA doesnít believe in coincidences and neither do I
Am only writing this up in the event anyone sees some fluid coming out of their respective tube. Off to Daytona tomorrow, trailering the bike. Yechhhh . . . at least I have others to ride.
Jacksonville, FL, USA