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Old 09-16-2013, 04:31 AM   #1
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Trouble in Bosnia i Hercegovina (Fixed)

The bad news is my F800GS won't shift well right now... the good news is the people where I am stranded are beyond amazing despite any language or cultural barriers. It's ok to shift up to 2nd, but it's hard to shift up to 3rd or higher. The bike is still under warranty but the closest BMW Motorrad is in Belgrade, Serbia. I met some bikers here in Foča as soon as I arrived and hung out for the weekend. I found this thread which seems to be the same issue. Now that it's Monday, we talked to the dealer/mechanics in Belgrade and they say it would need a new transmission which could take weeks to fix. My options now are to limp back to Germany, go and hang out in Belgrade, or to continue south at a slower pace... Any other ideas would be appreciated
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:35 AM   #2
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Some pictures from Saturday before the shifting got too sticky



Skakavac Waterfall in the Perućica primeval forest










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Old 09-16-2013, 04:42 AM   #3
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Ask here:
Tomić & Co. Zagreb
01/6301-999 ili 091/1630-185

Tomić & Co. Split
021/544-729

It might be faster (EU and so... )
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:48 AM   #4
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Tomić & Co. Split
021/544-729

It might be faster (EU and so... )
Thanks I hadn't considered Split and it's a bit closer than Belgrade... This morning I couldn't decide to go north, south, east or west.. so I hung out in the coffee shops, saw some more local sights and washed the bike..

I might flip a coin between Split and Belgrade
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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Tjentište

Camping in Tjentište for 5 BAM with the sound of the river


Memorial in Tjentište






A hotel room in Foča is 40 BAM or a cabin on the river is 20 BAM


Никола's Honda Dominator


Some minister's helo on the football field


Remnants of war
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:43 AM   #6
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Hey Squawk

Sucks about what sounds to be a serious transmission issue. Looks like you found a decent place hangout though. Pictures look fantastic. Keep us posted on what comes of the BMW ispection of the issue with the bike.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:10 AM   #7
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We decided to take the clutch cover off and have a look ourselves... Sure enough the fork attached to the shaft of the gear selector is deformed... It's very easy to bend. We tried to straighten it a bit with a hammer but it didn't work any better. I'm trying to explain to him in charades how it should look symmetrical but this is hard to fix with his tools. After trying all morning it's now shifting worse and my hopes are getting down. We end up going to his friend's garage to torch it while really hammering it back towards symmetrical. Astonishingly, once back together it shifts just as good as new... He wouldn't take any money but I left him €50 because it was the biggest bill I had. I'm going for a longer test ride this afternoon and then tonight we'll all have a few beer.





He says he also had a GS with 120k kms
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:30 AM   #8
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First of all, I'm very sorry about the transmission issue on your bike.
The pictures are incredible and this area of our world is really beautiful. I appreciating you including a picture of the memorial from the battle as I looked it up on the Internet to teach myself something today. Thank you

I hope that The fix you found for your bike Is a permanent one and that you will post another ride report when you can.
Thank you very much for sharing this with us and for teaching me something today as well. I really appreciate it
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:11 AM   #9
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I hope that repair holds at least until you can get to a dealer. Seems that the fork could not bend so easily since it took a torch and much hammering to get it back into shape. Wonder why it bent in the first place. Was the bike dropped or the gear lever jammed at all just before the shifting went bad? Just thinking that it must have taken a lot of force applied to the fork with no response available from the part that fork connects to, to bend it. Hints at a hangup deeper in the transmission?
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #10
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Great news! Now you can go and enjoy your ride ...
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:43 AM   #11
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The bad news is my F800GS won't shift well right now... the good news is the people where I am stranded are beyond amazing despite any language or cultural barriers. It's ok to shift up to 2nd, but it's hard to shift up to 3rd or higher. The bike is still under warranty but the closest BMW Motorrad is in Belgrade, Serbia. I met some bikers here in Foča as soon as I arrived and hung out for the weekend. I found this thread which seems to be the same issue. Now that it's Monday, we talked to the dealer/mechanics in Belgrade and they say it would need a new transmission which could take weeks to fix. My options now are to limp back to Germany, go and hang out in Belgrade, or to continue south at a slower pace... Any other ideas would be appreciated
Mostar has a BMW service.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:57 PM   #12
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Seems that the fork could not bend so easily since it took a torch and much hammering to get it back into shape. Wonder why it bent in the first place. Was the bike dropped or the gear lever jammed at all just before the shifting went bad?
I fell in 2nd gear on a soft uneven trail. I left that detail out in case it would be fixed by warranty, but whatever. Without the panniers, the uneven ground knocked the shifter upwards. When the shifting got sticky, the ex armoured driver in the photo mentioned he knew an F650GS that bent this internal fork that way. When I googled I immediately found a thread here with the exact same problem. The night after calling several BMW dealers and after a few beer at the bar, we thought to YouTube "F800GS DIY" or something and it looked easy enough. We didn't all speak English, but we understood each other fine.

This is where I fell. It's always good to have a mechanic/trooper riding with you, who I must say rides his KLR to the max as well!


That fork behind the clutch should be pointed towards the middle of the clutch and the spring should be symmetrical as well


I will replace it and the gasket as soon as possible. I'm glad it was just this fork that bent instead of something deeper inside.... but I wonder why they put splines on the shaft instead of just letting the gear peddle rotate under force? The KLRs I was riding with all had pivoting gear selector ends.. but I'm not convinced that would have prevented a direct hit under the peddle itself. I think without the splines it would have just rotated on the shaft instead?

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I appreciating you including a picture of the memorial from the battle as I looked it up on the Internet to teach myself something today. Thank you
I've seen a lot of monuments being in the military myself, but this one is truly unique (it's not even symmetrical after looking at it long enough) and the location just makes it surreal. I went there only to see and photograph that monument, but I stayed because of the people I met.
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Mostar has a BMW service.
Thanks for signing up to post that! I didn't know about it and Mostar was already on my short list of places to see too. I'll post more pictures of your beautiful country later.
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We decided to take the clutch cover off and have a look ourselves... Sure enough the fork attached to the shaft of the gear selector is deformed... It's very easy to bend. We tried to straighten it a bit with a hammer but it didn't work any better. I'm trying to explain to him in charades how it should look symmetrical but this is hard to fix with his tools. After trying all morning it's now shifting worse and my hopes are getting down. We end up going to his friend's garage to torch it while really hammering it back towards symmetrical. Astonishingly, once back together it shifts just as good as new... He wouldn't take any money but I left him €50. I'm going for a longer test ride this afternoon and then tonight we'll all have a few beer.





He says he also had a GS with 120k kms
^^^nice ZX parked there
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