howling, some roughness, oil all over rear tire
Our actions today are based in part, by our past experiences. So, Iím going to blame my past up bringing for my decision process. Now up to speed.
The LT started making a ďweirdĒ noise. At first I put it down to tire noise (Metzelers) but it just kept getting worse. Finally to the point where I could feel it in the foot pegs. Hmmmm, pulled the front wheel and checked the wheel bearings, no problems there. Rolled the rear wheel, could feel a little something but didnít think that was it. Kept riding the bike. Fast forward a couple of weeks and several hundred miles, now the noise is horrible and the feeling through the foot pegs is even worse. Roll the rear wheel again and yep, it feels worse. A couple of things, (1) the BMW shop just replaced the seals in the rear end last April. (2) The person I bought her from had the extended warranty. She is going back to the dealer. Called the service manager told him what was up, called friend with trailer. All set right????
Saturday morning is crisp and pretty. Friend shows up with trailer. First problem, what do you tie onto to secure this thing to a trailer? A whole lot of Tupperware and no hard points. Much looking to no avail. Second problem, donít really want to break stuff trying to tote this thing 45 miles to dealer. Now, remember that whole past upbringing thing I was talking about? At this point I start remembering back to my aircrew days. I canít count the number of helicopters we ďlimpedĒ back to the ship because we either couldnít, or didnít want to, land where we where. 10 feet and 10 knots for 30 miles because the main gearbox oil pump went out, heck, I will just ride her there. Insert 10 minutes of friend trying to tell me that this is a bad idea and me steadfastly telling him donít worry, Iíve done this 1000 times. (hmm should have noticed it is sounding familiar).
Take off for dealership. Still feeling just like it did the last time I rode it, no sweat! First 10 miles it feels the same then, smooth as silk, the noise is still there, but no vibration at all. Uh oh, this is bad! Keep heading for dealership. Next 25 miles are good, just the howling noise and people giving me weird looks because Iím going 50 mph on the GW (George W. Bush Turnpike). The GPS is telling me 10 miles to go when the vibration starts back. Do I stop and put her on the trailer??? With only 10 miles to go I push on. 5 miles to go and Iím starting to remember why I really hated 10 feet and 10 knots!! To bad I didnít remember that earlier. I donít think there is any rubber left in the grips, I canít feel my fingers from squeezing so hard. Iím pretty sure Iíve cracked the Tupperware with my knees. Off the GW onto K Ave, only 3 blocks to go, at this point Iím not sure if what Iím feeling is real or imagined. Was that a slide??? Into the dealer parking lot, stopped, and up onto the center stand, big sigh-of-relief!! Get off bike and walk around to the right hand side,,,,,, I think Iím gonna be sick! Rear wheel and final drive are completely covered in oil.
Get service manager out and immediately find out where you can tie the LT down at.
Long story short, memories are good just make sure to remember ďthe wholeĒ memory. If your gut is telling you to get off the bike and put it on a trailer, DO IT. I got lucky, but I wonít do that again!!!
So, bearing or seal?? Mechanic at dealership said no play in wheel, probably just the seal. Told him that is all well and good, but check the bearings anyway.