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Thanks to comments on this site and my own understanding of the way in which the Final drive should be put together, I insisted on my dealers tech stripping down the drive to find out where the small amount of play that I could feel, was coming from. It turns out that the crown bearing is a loose fit within the housing, which is why I could feel the back wheel moving from side to side. BMW have agreed to ship a new one from Germany F.O.C and shoulder 50% of the labour charge as a goodwill gesture. The bike is over 3 years old but only has 21000 miles on the clock. I don't know if this fault has been identified before, as it must be quite unusual for the housing to have been incorrectly machined. I would assume that if it had been correctly shimmed it would almost impossible to have felt the bearings fit within the housing, anyway thanks to everyone that suggested that I get it checked out.

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I am glad that BMW is helping you out. I have a similar complaint but the dealer is saying it is the rotor I am feeling. I will inspect a little closer.
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I doubt this is an original problem. But you were fortunate enough to catch it. With some perseverance and assistance from this great forum, you put the dealer to task without backing down...

BMW was finally brought to show the error of their ways in this case and did the only correct thing they could.

I wonder how many more there are like this out there or that are the culprit for final drive failure.

Congratulations. You dodged a bullet.

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