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Old 03-17-2010, 04:32 PM   #106
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Wow! It's been hard for you to get started! I was looking forward to meeting you tonight and learning a bit more about your trip. Hopefully that will still happen in a few days.

Having broken before myself, both in remote U.S. locations and outside the country, it couldn't have happened to you at a better place. SF is about as motorcycle friendly as it comes with many quality dealers and enthusiasts to help out.

Take care and stay in touch. Hope to see you in Paso soon!
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:37 PM   #107
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That sux Jay. My wife cleaned the pad for you early this morning and we were preppin for the St. Pattys' Day block party a few blocks away from my pad here in the Gaslamp!

I hope you can source everything out and continue successfully. Too bad it's not an XR. Rock on man.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:21 PM   #108
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Everything you're doing is amazing Jay! Thanks for posting up your rebuild and good luck throughout the trip.


Btw, you couldn't have picked a better bike!
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:05 PM   #109
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Dang!

Sorry to hear about the mechanical issues, Jay! Hope you get it buttoned back up and get on the road. You ARE having quite and adventure aren't you? Take care and let me know if I can help!
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:03 PM   #110
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Originally Posted by Jammin
Are there any ADV DR gurus in the Bay area?

Does anyone have a DR motor that I could salvage the top end from in case I need to replace the head?
Ruh Row! Time to bring in a pro. The best DR mechanic I know in San Fran
is Jennifer Bromme, owner of Werkstatt in the Mission. Jennifer is a talented mechanic trained in Germany. She is honest and has a real soft spot for low budget world adventure travelers.
She knows DR's.

From your description I don't think you've done all that much damage. (I hope!) But you may have BENT a valve or two. The fact the motor shut right off and no metal to metal sounds is a very good thing. I think you will escape cheaply (with luck) on this one.

Looking forward to an update! Fingers Crossed!
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:12 PM   #111
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Jay,
As someone already mentioned, you have the right attitude. Rather now than later. Hope you on the road again shortly.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:34 PM   #112
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Fix it and forget it Jay..
Let me know if I can help.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:54 AM   #113
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Thanx for the contact info on Jennifer. The friends I'm staying with tonight are real close to her shop and know her personally and will take it over there first thing in the am. Not going to mess with and try and do this myself. Ready to trust her in the hands of a proper mechanic who can sign off on the bike that she's running right before leaving SF :)
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:27 AM   #114
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Sorry to hear about the chain issue Jay. But you're on top of it. We're all backing you up here buddy!
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:26 PM   #115
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I got the bad news - lots of damage: broken cam chain, bent ex valves, cam shaft, cylinder head damage. $1200 in parts and $700 in labor to fix this engine or Werkstatt actually recommends to get a different engine.

I've done it again, destroyed another DR engine, totally my fault.

So, I think putting in a different engine is the better option. Any leads on available used DR engine?
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:48 PM   #116
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Sorry to hear about the engine damage.


But some food for thought, as $1200 is a lot of money to spend fixing your engine at the beginning of your journey.

Would it be better to go off on a 2 year journey with a known engine. Your engine repaired
or
Save some cash by picking up a used engine with No-Known history.

Hopefully you can find a good used engine with knowledge of its history.


I'd feel better with an engine, with a known history, when heading off into the World where parts and maintenance availability is limited, questionable or unknown.

Just my humble opinion.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:03 PM   #117
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Subscribed, God speed.

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Old 03-18-2010, 07:05 PM   #118
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I recommend a visit to the nearest BMW dealer....ha.
Sorry for the bad news....maybe hit Craigslist and get a whole different bike? I frequently see DRs and KLRs with low mileage for not much more than you will spend fixing the un-Jammin Jay proof DR boat anchor you now own.
Bummer...
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:13 PM   #119
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Hey Jay,

Sorry to hear the bad news about the engine. Still better that it happened in the US than somewhere further down the road. Hope you get it sorted out and continue your awesome trip.

good luck
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:57 PM   #120
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I got the bad news - lots of damage: broken cam chain, bent ex valves, cam shaft, cylinder head damage. $1200 in parts and $700 in labor to fix this engine or Werkstatt actually recommends to get a different engine.

I've done it again, destroyed another DR engine, totally my fault.

So, I think putting in a different engine is the better option. Any leads on available used DR engine?
Dude that sucks. I'm sorry to hear it. Stay strong and keep us posted.
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