Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Re: Four Corners Monument as a destination?
I did the four corners from NY. 5080 miles 11 nights on the road, 17 states, 118 gallons of gas costing 320 dollars. No doubt the Four Corners is in a very remote location. The Journey was more important than the U turn location. Bear with me this story will jump around a little. My wife's favorite state was Missouri....mine New Mexico. Motorcycle ran great and was very comfortable, 09 LT. The most expensive gas was Oklahoma.... cheapest gas Missouri.
First side bar. I left just before the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. I made an appointment with my dealer for an oil change and maybe tires....got a call....oil, tires, fork seals and the small final drive seal. OK, they gave me a 2015 to ride home tomorrow I'll have a bike ready for 5000 miles.
On my way home I fuel up. The fuel door won't open all the way...hmm body work is not aligned, ok take care of it when I get back. Morning of departure, I clip in my BMW NAV 5....Nothing happens, I turn it on and clip it to the docking station set my first way point on the way, less than 2 hours NAV is dead. My thought is the mechanic either did not connect NAV power docking station or cut the power. OK Tuesday is when I can stop at a dealer.
Tuesday morning roll into BMW of Oklahoma City with no NAV power and a clicking from the front wheel which turned out to be loose front brake rotors. I ask the service manager to help me. He takes all the information and I think "wow they really do take care of the traveler on the road" The mechanic come out and says "front brake rotors are loose" I ask.. Will they take care of me for the next 3500 miles?" He replies "I wont make that call" I ask Can you fix my "NAV Power?" he says "Nope too busy too much body work to take off". No one offers to call ahead to next dealer, order parts, offer to use a phone a bathroom, advice. I think they. would have sold us a new motorcycle.
On the road, next stop Sandia BMW in Albuquerque NM, I called ahead, told them my issues, they ordered parts, and said they would service our needs. Roll into Albuquerque. Adam in Service takes all the information, Gary in Parts had ordered the only two rotors in the country and they were next day delivered. Brian the Mechanic stayed late and had us on the road the next morning at 900am. Sandia BMW put us on top of the service list, drove us to our hotel and picked us up. Brian reported that our home dealer did not reconnect the power to the NAV, stripped or damaged 11 of the body panel fasteners and he replaced or repaired all of them. Took pictures of the poor workmanship, gave me all the damaged parts and got us on the road, including washing and polishing the motorcycle. I have already been in contact with the home dealership and they will reimburse me for the on road repairs. Excellent Dealership, Sandia BMW - stop in and see them.
Otherwise home safe and a fun trip. The Four Corners was a fun visit....but it is a remote location.
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