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Yep.

I dropped it on the right side. Freak ice storm in the mountains of Tennessee. Tried to go through 2.5" of hail on the ground to get back to where I was staying. Got blocked by tree branches in the road and dumped it standing there trying to figure out what to do. Couldn't go forward, couldn't back down the steep incline I was on due to all the ice, couldn't turn around.

BIG DOLLARS to replace the parts- $2367.00 estimate. Nothing mechanical- ran like a sdream the next day on "Tail of the Dragon". That's big cash for plastic!

I'd like to replace the bodywork myself. Everything seems easy but the front cowl and the small, black "tank mount" that the side panel bolts to is a mystery. Can anyone help? Anyone have pics of those procedures, or am I about to be the person to make them?

Thanks-

B.
 

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sorry to hear abouy your story,how much got dammaged, are the pieces broke or scratched, sounds like a lot af money, start a little at a time to take off the pieces, or go to a near by body shop I am sure they can take off and replace it. it is not brain sergery ,
as long as the bike never got damaged once put back together you will never know it was dropped, call sandiego bmw speak to Shawn in parts they are really good, I am from Canada I found them to be really helpfull; tell him that you where speaking to me ask him what he can do for you for parts.
 

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Remember- this was just a literal "drop" from a dead stop because my feet slipped on 2.5" of ice marbles (see attached). My opinion is that the bike is pretty solid for a dead drop- too bad the plastic has to be so expensive... I hope I NEVER hear that sickening sound again though!

Estimate: $2367.00

Front cowl
Right Mirror
Right main panel
Right tank mount (main panel came in an "kissed" it)
Handlebar balancer
Brake lever
Right side bag cover

The hardest things will be the cowl and I bet especially the tank mount- I have no idea how to get into that. Not quite sure about how to remove and replace the brake lever either.

Hey Grif- you musta had this stuff off already huh?
 

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You might want to look at the microfiche drawings on either Max BMW or A&S BMW and study their exploded drawings. I've had the sides off as well as the top tank covers and they aren't too bad, just a lot of screws and some hidden under that black rubber cowling at the front wheel. Make sure you note their length and where they go as they are different lengths. I don't know if the BMW repair DVD would do you any good. I've found it about worthless except for maybe torque values which you might not need as all the bodywork screws are hand-tightened.

Some have done the Xenon lamp thing. There was a description on taking apart the front end on this site somewhere. Search might find it.

Good luck and be thankful the "cheap" case cover protected that $1500 muffler. I wasn't so lucky and with the cases off, it rocked more and busted the mirror as well as shield. My bill was around $4500 and the dealer (Ventura BMW +++) did all the work while I waited. My insurance also jumped up to $1K a year at renewal, but I switched companies and got it down to $450 a year.

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Sorry to read about it.

To remove the side panel is quite easy - 8 torxes by perimeter. They are of different length - mark them.
The cowl is more compicated job - you will have to take away the shield and lamp and dashboard as this is not only a piece of exterior but also a frame for a lot of the components, imho.
 

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...but also a frame for a lot of the components, imho.
I forgot and easyman05 reminded me.

There was a piece of some frame bracket or something that got bent in the process of getting knocked over that they also replaced. They knew about it without even taking it apart when they ordered all the parts. Must be some common bracket or something under there.

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I have had the cowl off. It is not difficult. Easy actually. It will become obvious. You DO NOT have to remove the dash, only the windshield. For the main side panel, there is a "hidden" screw under the upper left lip of the air intake. I had all my panels off and back on in less than two hours.

Can't help with the tank mount.
 

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Remember- this was just a literal "drop" from a dead stop because my feet slipped on 2.5" of ice marbles (see attached). My opinion is that the bike is pretty solid for a dead drop- too bad the plastic has to be so expensive... I hope I NEVER hear that sickening sound again though!

Estimate: $2367.00

Front cowl
Right Mirror
Right main panel
Right tank mount (main panel came in an "kissed" it)
Handlebar balancer
Brake lever
Right side bag cover

The hardest things will be the cowl and I bet especially the tank mount- I have no idea how to get into that. Not quite sure about how to remove and replace the brake lever either.

Hey Grif- you musta had this stuff off already huh?
Sorry to hear about your "drop". I know the sound well. It's a real pisser. Particularly after 1/2 mile on a new bike.(lol)

$117 for the mirror. $402 for the lid. $6.20 for a new reflector. Actually, $1842 for the remaining parts sounds like a pretty good deal? Relatively speaking.

Be thankful you didn't tear up a back, knee, shoulder, or arm. Judging from the feedback I got on my tipover. The cost of the plastic is minute compared to any body( human ) damage.

If you need a lightly scratched right lid? Let me know. Hope you're back to full speed soon.
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Thanks for all the kind words folks. Still quite a bummer. Funds have been received, parts ordering underway- I'd kinda like to get this done before memorial day weekend!
 

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I have had the cowl off. It is not difficult. Easy actually. It will become obvious. You DO NOT have to remove the dash, only the windshield.
SKIZIKS-

What about the windshield motor and headlight? That stuff all has to come out right?
 

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Thanks for all the kind words folks. Still quite a bummer. Funds have been received, parts ordering underway- I'd kinda like to get this done before memorial day weekend!

Not good...Know the feeling...
Been there, done that, or, at least, something similar .

ALMOST stopped me from further consideration of the used, super low mile, '08 GT that I just purchased tonight, delivery tomorrow.

I did test ride. Oh my! I currently own an '07R12RT.... for sale (shhhhhhaaaaaakkkkkkestooooooooo much4me)

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seduced again... damn....
 

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Front pannel.

Brahma said:
Yep.

I dropped it on the right side. Freak ice storm in the mountains of Tennessee. Tried to go through 2.5" of hail on the ground to get back to where I was staying. Got blocked by tree branches in the road and dumped it standing there trying to figure out what to do. Couldn't go forward, couldn't back down the steep incline I was on due to all the ice, couldn't turn around.

BIG DOLLARS to replace the parts- $2367.00 estimate. Nothing mechanical- ran like a sdream the next day on "Tail of the Dragon". That's big cash for plastic!

I'd like to replace the bodywork myself. Everything seems easy but the front cowl and the small, black "tank mount" that the side panel bolts to is a mystery. Can anyone help? Anyone have pics of those procedures, or am I about to be the person to make them?

Thanks-

B.
There are two or four screws in the front and one of them towards the top is hidden behind a rubber seal. Just pull the seal towards the center of the bike/forks and you will be able to remove the screw. Also there are the ones in the glove box that have to be removed. Make sure you mark where the screws go because they are of different sizes.
 

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Thanks again all!

As of today, I solved all future problems for dropping the GT in hail-filled, tree-branxh crossed mountain roads- I am the proud new owner of a 2007 R1200GS w/370 miles on it!

I HAVE NOT gotten rid of the GT, and WILL NOT. I am just commuting so much (120 miles a day), that I don't ewant to rack up ALL that mileage on the GT. And for future crappy mountain roads, I am now prepared.

Parts for the GT are incoming by Thursday.

Thanks for all the help!
 

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Brahma said:
I am the proud new owner of a 2007 R1200GS w/370 miles on it!

I HAVE NOT gotten rid of the GT, and WILL NOT.
Hey, next time share those winning lottery numbers with your buddies here! :teeth
 

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Update-

Got the panels and cowling off with everyone's help. Thanks! Upon close inspection, there is no other damage underneath whatsoever. Boy, there sure are a BUNCH of expensive things RIGHT UNDER that right side! The "brain" and the radiator fill neck are dangerously close to where the bike fell over. I guess those solid foam blocks absorbed the energy!

New plastic slated for arrival this week.

Anyone notice the RepROM is wrong about the removal of the inner instrument trim panel and how it attaches? I wonder if the trim had been redesigned immediately prior to manufacture.....

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Since I'm late to the party on this one, this might not help you but I'll still throw it out there:


I made a chart a long time ago for the size of the screws and their location:

Link to chart here

(IT appears that the chart doesn't show the 4 up front (fwd.) on each side, so make sure to get all 4 since the right side top is hidden under the intake snorkel rubber.)

Thread on farings here with my chart about halfway down
 

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Thanks everyone! GT #111 is back on the road as of tonight. Several delays in getting parts, but all is well. Looks better than it ever did as the front cowl needed replaced from the prevous owner's damage, along with mine. Simply beautiful!

One thing that was difficult is that the black, metal tank mounts are hard to get from the fatherland. They are putting left side mounts in right side boxes. Dealer ordered one that showed up as left, then ordered left and right and both showed up left even with the correct right side part number. Dealer now has all of them in the country (3)! Ha! Working on getting a right one direct from Germany now, but mine was only barely scratched, so I moved forward.

Thanks again-

B.
 
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