Originally Posted by mrrick
"02" LT-C, 41.5 K on the clock, 3rd day of a 10 day tour of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces, Friday afternoon just outside of Halifax NS, 900 miles from my NJ home [...], we began to hear that grinding noise so expertly described in these forum threads. [...] I loaded the LT into a 17" box truck (of course the smallest truck available) and left the next morning on our 900 mile, 18 hr. (including a 2 hr wait at the Canada/USA border crossing) journey home.
Damn. I figured it out. It must be the fault of those Canadians. Or at least of our misguided desire to visit them...
Because, this was me:
00" LT, 48+K on the clock, 1st day of a 4-day loop of to reach Gaspe, QC, via New Brunswick. Friday afternoon just outside of Bangor, ME, 500 miles from my NJ home. No wife on pillion, but still these grinding noises.
Just rolled to the hotel, spent night researching shops and reserving U-haul truck. By middle of night, I figured out that there is no way I'll load the beast by myself; found an independent bike shop an hour away. (Phil Reid in Northport, recommended.) Called the guy at crack of dawn, he graciously drove up and took the bike. Dropped me off at Bangor Airport - I rented a car to head back home.
Still: a month later, the final drive replaced with a new one, I came up in another rental. Packed up the bike and completed my loop. Nailed that one, huh!
What was funny (annoying, pissing me off, infuriating...?) was that I called a few dealers to find replacement FD. The general response was: "Really? We never heard of any failures like that. But, guess what, quite coincidentally we have five spares on the shelf!".