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BMW NA Final Solution to Final Drive Failures

Well it seems like BMW has finally come up with a guaranteed solution to those pesky final drive problems:



Oh wait, it's still using the original final drive unit. Damn, never mind.



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I have never been able to "get" triked motorcycles, of any kind. But to trike a GT seems to be way over the top.

If I ever got to where I could not ride a two wheel motorcycle, and wanted something fun to drive I would just buy something like a Mini S convertible.

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That just seems wrong on a multitude of levels.

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Re: BMW NA Final Solution to Final Drive Failures

It's not the first thing I'd do to a GT, either. Nor the last thing, for that matter. Now maybe a tiling sidecar would be cool if I needed that extra wheel or space, but I agree that trike looks weird and out-of-proportion to boot.

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The rear wheels seem to have moved forward putting more weight in back of the rear axle.

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Can you imagine the wheelies you could do on that thing? Yikes!

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Re: BMW NA Final Solution to Final Drive Failures

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The rear wheels seem to have moved forward putting more weight in back of the rear axle.
It looked that way to me too at first. But the undercarriage pictures show that they stuck an axle into the large final drive hole, so the trike tires are in the same location as the original rear wheel, just further outboard.

I know it was a quick and dirty skunkworks project, but it sure looks unfinished and unbalanced to me.

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< Tongue in cheek>
Looks like the final solution is via the F series across the board with either a belt or chain as the only reliable BMW final drive...
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Now that picture doesn't count. It's not a final drive failure but rather a brake failure, where the brakes were stuck on and dragging, creating the excess heat that eventually ignited the oil. I'm sure it was just as intense for the guy riding the bike, but it is not related in any way to the final drive bearing and seal failures that we've been seeing.

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Now that picture doesn't count. It's not a final drive failure but rather a brake failure, where the brakes were stuck on and dragging, creating the excess heat that eventually ignited the oil. I'm sure it was just as intense for the guy riding the bike, but it is not related in any way to the final drive bearing and seal failures that we've been seeing.
The other failure is turning a fantastic sport tourer into this abomination.
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Re: BMW NA Final Solution to Final Drive Failures

Could you imagine... If it werked .... Failure gone....
IF it failed.. a 100% failure rate.....

I bet its the bestest final drive in da werld

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Re: BMW NA Final Solution to Final Drive Failures

You are correct, Ken.. this is Fugly.. Fantastically ug-leee.

I see they also have the exhaust mounted to the rear axle...at least according to what it looks like in the pics..

Sure looks like a "shadetree" more than "Skunkworks"...
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