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post #1 of 6 Old Jun 21st, 2010, 9:34 am Thread Starter
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On Thursday, while on vacation with the wife, my LT died on me. We had exited off an interstate, and the engine died just like I had cut off the switch, while going down the off ramp. I tried to restart it with no success; the engine would turn over well, but it would not even attempt to start. I had noticed just a short time earlier while going thru a small town, before getting on the interstate, that the engine appeared to idle low. Not rough, but low. I then got on the interstate and drove about 5 miles before exiting. There was no indication of any problem on the interstate.

I looked for the obvious. I knew I hadn't run out of fuel because I had filled up 40 miles earlier. I smelled it to see if I had gotten a tank of diesel. I listened to the fuel pump and it sounded normal. And checked all fuses. I had a good assortment of tools in the trailer as well as a repair manual. But decided this wasn't a good place to start tearing the bike apart. There was nothing within seeing distance in any direction at this exit. It was approaching 5 pm, so, I decided to call a tow truck.

A local stopped to see if he could help me and told me about Frank's BMW in Essex Junction, VT, about 40 miles away. I decided to have it taken there.

I can't say enough good things about the people at Frank's. They were so kind to us. They waited after their closing time for us. The owner made us reservations at a local hotel and carried us there. The next morning he returned to pick us up.

Their shop started on our bike first thing the next morning and had us on our way very shortly later. Their charges were very fair. If you're ever near Essex Junction, VT you need to go by and see them!!!

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+1 on Franks. At approximately a midway stop on a cross country and return trip I had arranged in advance for a 6000 mile service on my RT at Franks. Early in my trip I fell victim to the apparently very common fuel sensor failure. I emailed Franks a couple days in advance to alert him and he had the part on hand. I dropped the bike off in the AM and it was good to go with the 6000 mile service and a new fuel sensor installed by lunch time. He took the time to recommend some very nice local roads for my day ride after I picked up the bike.

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I'm a VT local and I have to echo the kudos for Frank's. A first rate operation in every respect. Lester gets dinged by a few folks for his "bedside manner" but he is a straight shooter, extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to his bikes and his customers ... and when he has the time, fun to schmooze with about bikes and other stuff.

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Re: Frank's BMW Essex Junction, VT

[QUOTE=slmorley]On Thursday, while on vacation with the wife, my LT died on me. We had exited off an interstate, and the engine died just like I had cut off the switch, while going down the off ramp. I tried to restart it with no success; the engine would turn over well, but it would not even attempt to start.


So, what happened with the bike? Fuel hose come off in the gas tank?
Millions are wondering.....

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So, what happened with the bike? Fuel hose come off in the gas tank?
Millions are wondering.....[/QUOTE]

Bad premium gas I had just purchased.

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Re: Frank's BMW Essex Junction, VT

Sadly, with the economy, Premium Gas does not get sold nearly as fast, so it sits in the tanks longer, picking up impurities. Gas stations don't change filters as often as they should. Pumps do not get the maintenance they should. And in some small towns, it seems worse.

The LT can survive a long time on Intermediate grade 89 AKI fuel, just like the cover to the gas cap says. I know some who have had to use regular unleaded gasohol and who have ridden to tell about it. The 1600 GT/GTL engine is not nearly as forgiving of non-premium gas. So the longer the economy stays where it is, the worse this will get.

Of course, as one new station recently remarked, the last time oil was selling this low, gas was $2.42 a gallon, and not its $3.15 to $3.59 a gallon for the same barrel price. And the individual station owners are not the ones getting rich. Which is why these problems happen more often.

I am glad they got you going so quickly and treated you so well.

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