Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA
Another Rear Drive Failure
Well it looks like my good luck has run out......I had a rear bearing failure last summer just prior to CCR. Luckily I caught it in time to not trash the rear drive (or so I thought). The bike had roughly 65K miles on it at the time. Now I think I have the same problem again with less than 5K miles on the new bearing. I was at work last week and noticed the dreaded oil all over the rear tire syndrome. I nursed the bike home "hearing" the rear bearing grinding. Once at home I drained the oil and corresponding metal parts that were contained in the rear drive. So at this point I am convinced that the rear bearing is gone it's now just a question of whether the rear drive is also shot. Now i'm waiting for the dealer to open on Tuesday to discuss and schedule an appointment.
As like many on this site, I had come to just not worry about the rear drive and deal with it if/when it happens. But 2 failures in less than 5k miles is certainly frustrating. I am hoping that BMW will step up and help in some way to cover the cost of this failure.
Just as a side note when I inspected the bike at home the rear brakes/disk were covered with a film of gear lube to the extent that I'm not sure they would have worked at all if I needed them. (I typically don't use the rear brake for normal 1 up riding, too used to riding my track bike lately).
So all in all I guess that it was a good thing that I wasn't too far from home when it failed, again. However, having the "new" bearing fail with less than 5K miles on it sure is depressing. I'll keep you posted on what the dealer says......