Originally Posted by meese
I don't know how far you are from home or the dealer, but I wouldn't ride it. If the wheel is still hard to turn, putting oil in won't make it any easier. I'd say the damage is done, and just trailer or tow it to the dealer and let them sort it all out.
Honestly, what are you saving by riding it versus what you're risking? It's just not worth the chance of it failing badly and causing you a very bad day.
Need more info on this, Ken (and others, please).
Here's an update:
We put fresh oil in it. Rode it around the block. Wheel turns much, much better than before. Perhaps just as freely as before this problem, but that's subjective.
Drained the oil. Magnetic drain plug had tiny pieces of metal on it -- smaller than grains of sand -- barely perceptible -- "gritty" might describe it. Refilled the drive. Drove it 11 miles. Drained and refilled; more grittiness. Drove 11 more miles. Drained and refilled. Drive never got more than warm to the touch. There is a very small amount of play in the rear wheel. The bike is parked at this time.
The last time we drained the drive it looked like a metal flake paint job -- lots of microscopic metal pieces in the oil.
Do I ride the bike home tomorrow, taking it easy and staying off the interstate, or do I have it towed to the nearest dealer whom I have no knowledge of? I'd much rather have my "home team" work on it. This option includes riding it to my home and having BMW Roadside Assistance tow it to the dealer on Tuesday when they reopen.
If I ride it home my wife will follow me in a car. If a get-off is possible because of this failure I don't want her on the bike with me.
Should I be concerned about what happens IF it fails before I get it home?
Is there a small window of opportunity to shut it down or does everything seize up and you go flying off into the ditch?
Anxiously awaiting all comments/suggestions, as tomorrow morning we have to go home either way. Thanks.
PS: The only positive in this is, as mentioned earlier, the dealer has stepped up to acknowledge they screwed up.