Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Rear Wheel bolts coming off.
So I've been riding Motorcycles for a very long time and this has never happened to me before.
I rode to Santa Cruz on Highway 17, those of you who know that road know how twisted it is.
I get to downtown Santa Cruz and everything is fine. I park the bike & go into a Records/Vinyl store to look at the vintage stereo equipment they sell.
I come out, start the bike and all of a sudden the bike is wobbling/has serious wobble, I thought maybe I have a flat tire, I check but the tires are fine. I ride slowly but there is significant wobble. I park it again and check and find out that the rear wheel is almost off the bike, the 5 bolts that hold wheel in place had (for some reason/this never happened before) come loose and 2 of the bolts fell off/were missing. I walk around a bit and find one of the bolts few feet away, I walk around for 30 minutes looking for the other bolt but could not find it.
I secure the wheel with the 4 bolts and tighten it. And I start thinking that if that wheel had come loose or came completely off while I was riding at Highway speeds & in those twists and turns on highway 17, I would have been gone, as in dead or worse seriously injured/paralyzed. Luckily it came very loose after I parked the bike & was going very slow.
Then when I got to my storage unit & tried to leave the battery was dead and the bike will not start. So I had to find someone with jumper cables to help me.
I re-tighten the 4 screws on the wheel again.
I checked them a day later/today and they were still tight.
So I have 2 questions:
1- Did this ever happen to anyone before, where the bolts came loose ? And how to prevent that ?
2- Does anyone have a spare bolt and the slanted spacer/Washer that goes around the bolt (not sure how to describe it) to secure the wheel, that they don't need ?
If not, where to get one ? I am sure the dealer is very expensive.
It has been suggested that someone had loosened the bolts on the wheel, otherwise the wooble would come on gradually....as the bolts became loose...... not all of a sudden as it did.
But I don't know who would just happen to have the right tool to loosen the bolts and why.
Any ideas/comments ?
Thank you so much.
Last edited by BMW_forever; Oct 12th, 2016 at 7:25 am.