Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Re: Final Drive Failure and Accident
I've seen that article as well.
I am not aware of any final drive failures resulting in a wheel lockup. The typical mode is either the fluid coming out through the seal or the bearing grinding down the case (noise, vibration and increased drag).
If the shaft broke, it could conceivably result in a lockup. That would be a very rare failure mode (to my knowledge).
It would be interesting to see what really happened, but as I understand, the rider did not get to investigate.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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