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FD Failure-You guys know this guy?

From the MTF forum and was posted 1 Sept at 0146. The ride mentioned was a B2B.

"Chuck Taylor had a problem. He stopped at the Gastrak on the way north to drop off a 'package'. When he pulled out of the station, and hit the entrance ramp for I-29, he stopped. Tom and I were wondering, but then he got back on the bike and slowly moved off. He came back with 2 other riders, with his 4-ways on and moving slowly. As he had pulled out of the station, he felt his rear wheel shimmy. When he grabbed it he could move it back and forth. Another BMW Final Drive bit the dust. But he was going to finish the ride if he had to push the bike across the border and back.

After unsatisfactory calls to BMW Motorad and the BMW MOA service people, he was not a happy camper. The closest BMW dealer is Moon Motors, in Monticello, MN. After discussion, which unsuccessfully included finding a U-Haul dealer so we could get a trailer to tow behind my cage, he made arrangements with a towing service out of Grand Forks, ND. They would pick up him and the bike, and transport both to Grand Forks. Chuck would get flights out to TX, and the towing company on Tuesday would tow the bike to Moon Motors. Chuck will be making decisions on disposition after that. He may bring one of his trailers to MN, and tow the bike home himself.

Chuck had some choice words for the situation, like never drinking Kool-Aid again. He had 9,070 miles on his '07 K1200GT when it failed."

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Re: FD Failure-You guys know this guy?

Another one...the real problem isn't a failed major component; its the problems caused by the failure due to the way the bike is "normally" used. Like rides to Canada from Texas. And dying at the northernmost point. And the hassle, inconvenience and expense of curing the problem. I feel for Chuck Taylor, though I don't know him, we know what he hs been going through.

I've often thought that regardless of the new bike, I'd pay BMW an extra $500 in a heartbeat to buy a new design that would eliminate the problem.

OR, BMW can pay considerably more than $500 per bike to try to get customers back that either had a problem or just heard about it! I guess if I'd been with BMW, it would have been fixed years ago, or I'd have pulled the product off the market.

At this point I'd have to question the judgement of a long distance rider who chooses a BMW.
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Re: FD Failure-You guys know this guy?

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Another one...the real problem isn't a failed major component; its the problems caused by the failure due to the way the bike is "normally" used. Like rides to Canada from Texas. And dying at the northernmost point. And the hassle, inconvenience and expense of curing the problem. I feel for Chuck Taylor, though I don't know him, we know what he hs been going through.

I've often thought that regardless of the new bike, I'd pay BMW an extra $500 in a heartbeat to buy a new design that would eliminate the problem.

OR, BMW can pay considerably more than $500 per bike to try to get customers back that either had a problem or just heard about it! I guess if I'd been with BMW, it would have been fixed years ago, or I'd have pulled the product off the market.

At this point I'd have to question the judgement of a long distance rider who chooses a BMW.
Pete:

Couldn't agree more with everything you said; especially the last line about choosing the GT/LT for a long distance ride. In fact, just posted exactly these thoughts on another thread. Be careful, though; any minute the Silver Buffalo will respond with a post about the great weather protection offered by the bike (smiley face included) . I'm sure Chuck will find it comforting.

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