Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Trip up North to Seattle & back. A story of a prince of a man.
Rode my 1999 LT (which I bought in Feb & wrote about in this forum) from the Bay Area to Seattle & back...over 2000 miles. Now the bike has over 18K miles on it.
The bike ran with no issues thankfully except:
I went through Fairfield and Vacaville and it was HOT, the temp gauge on the bike said 109 and 113 or 119.
I stopped at the last rest stop in CA before the Oregon borders to rest for a bit, as I was leaving the bike felt strange, I looked down and the rear tire was flat.
I had one of those fix a leak cans, I used it & it worked. As I was unscrewing it from the valve the metal valve/stem came off/out of the rubber nipple that holds it in place.
It looked like the rubber had melted from the heat.
I tried to glue that metal valve into the rubber using the repair kit/rubber cement but it will not hold.
Went to the truckers and RV's but no one had crazy glue.
I don't have a Cell phone so it seems I was stuck.
Few people stopped to look but could not help.
Then this guy in a BMW M3 pulled in. He came over & took a look, he got on his phone & located some service stations....25 miles away in Ashland, the closest town.
Him and I lifted the bike on the center stand (was never able to do this alone yet), took the back wheel off, put my luggage strapped to the bike into his car & he drove me to Ashland.
2 places could not help, the 3rd had heavy duty rubber cement & we tried it but it didn't hold for long. We found a truck tire repair place that is open 24/7, it was Saturday night at 7 pm or so.
The guy removed the old rubber valve, installed an all metal truck valve which has an L shape to it. Re installed the tire on the rim, inflated it and tested it for leaks and it worked, it's still working to this day.
Alic (the BMW M3 guy) drove me back to my bike a total of over 50 mile trip, helped me install the tire on the bike and refused to take any money for Gas or his trouble. Alic (From Romania) was driving the M3 he bought on eBay from LA to Portland where he lives when he happen to stop at the rest stop & see me & my bike. He also used to ride bikes. On the way back he opened up his M3 (with Dinan suspension...etc) and the power jerks you back. He got to 130 then backed off.
He was a prince of a Man and saved me from being stuck. He said that BMW guys stick together, I could not agree more.
In Seattle, I stopped at BMW West and asked the tech there about the rubber stem. He said it should not happen, it must've been defective to melt like that. I've never seen this before myself.
Has anyone seen this before ?
Couple of other observations:
People in Oregon are so nice, the guy at the shop who let me use some of his heavy duty rubber cement will not take any money.
The guy at the truck tire repair shop when I asked him how much he wanted for fixing my tire said: whatever you want to give me is fine. I've never seen that in CA.
The drivers in Oregon are considerate. They pass on the left side then move over. CA drivers (generally) are clueless/inconsiderate.
Case in point: On the way home I crossed the G,Gate bridge at night. It was foggy & very windy. The bike was being tossed by the strong side wind into the next lane. I had to slow down & put my emergency flashers on, I was in the right lane leaving 2-3 lanes on the left for drivers to pass me. One driver was tailing my ass and flashing his headlights, he finally passes me after making me stress out, I gave him the finger. Only to be replaced by another idiot. Sometimes I wish I had a gun.
What is it with these drivers in California??
I've driven in many states and countries allover the World & haven't seen this much stupidity and utter clueless-ness.
Couple of other questions too please:
The bike according to the previous owner was serviced at 12000 miles, it now has 18000 miles.
1- Should I change the Oil and filter ?
2- How often does Oil/Filter need to be changed?
I noticed the bike Oil is very expensive ($7 a quart minimum in 1 Gallon Jug at my local CycleGear store). Can I use Car Oil, maybe Synthetic Car Oil or does it have to be Motorcycle Oil??
3- Where can I buy Oil filters for this bike cheap?
4- Also is there an Air filter on this bike? If so, where is it located please?
I've never changed the Oil on this bike before, I do it all the time on my 1985 BMW 535i car.
5- It seems that it is not recommended to use those inflate a tire cans on a motorcycle, at least some cans say that. What is the harm in using those inflate a tire cans on a motorcycle tire ?
Thank you all so much.
Last edited by BMW_forever; Jul 12th, 2012 at 6:36 pm.