Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Boerne, TX, USA
Rear Drive - Yesterday
It started out so well. 60 degrees, clear skies, good to be out riding yesterday morning. Heading west on I-10 with Big Bend as the day's destination, things couldn't be better. Man is this bike smoooooottthhhh!! About 10 miles from Junction, TX at about 80 mph (speed limit west of Kerrville is 80) I think I feel something unusual through the handlebars, but hey, it's probably the road surface. At the exit ramp to US 83 in Junction, we start to get off for some gas and a coffee. As the speed decreases I start to hear a growling whine that again sounds like a rough section of road on my ME 880s. As the speed decreases further, so does the noise, so I'm thinking it's the road surface - gotta be.
Get the coffee, fill em up and off to Big Bend. Up to speed again, and something just doesn't feel right. And I'm starting to hear that groaning noise again. About 20 miles west of Junction, I radio my riding buddy that we need to pull over and check the bike. Visual inspection revealed nothing unusual, turning the rear wheel by hand didn't produce any unusual noise, a check for rear wheel play seemed perfectly normal, and a ride by at slow speed didn't sound unusual to my riding partner. Feeling better about the bike, we head west again. About 3 miles later, something's definitely wrong. We decide that it's much better to be stuck near Junction than somewhere out in West Texas, so we cross the interstate, and head slowly back to Junction. I ride the last 15 miles back to civilization alone as my friend breaks off and heads back to Universal City for his trailer. When I get back to Junction, I check the bike over again. Can't see or hear any thing unusual. Later in the afternoon we load her up on a trailer and get her back home. A visual inspection at that time showed gear oil all over the rear end of the bike and the trailer.
55,170 miles and the rear end is done. I've tried to find the part numbers for the 17 ball bearing assembly on the board, with no luck. Is there any definitive evidence that the 17 is the better than the 19? Is the 17 still available, or is it a crapshoot as to which one you get, like others have said?
I thought I was gonna be one of the lucky ones. But, hey, maybe I saved someone who attended CCR some agony!