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Old 02-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #286
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Ok then, but I still don't why you say I'm anal retentive and OCD.
The bike was in bad shape when I got it. I think the only things that didn't need attention was the fairings.

Not even my husband understands my relationship with The Shop Whore. Poor fella.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #287
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Assuming, of course, that you mean mainland.
In Longyearbyen there is not only many bars, there is even an university
Barrow is at 71 degrees while Longyearbyen is at 78.
The world's northernmost public bar is at the Radisson Hotel in Longyearbyen.

After all, even Tromsø with 60.000 people is far north of Prudhoe Bay.

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Kind of hard for me to "ride" from Texas to Longearbyen ! I may need to say in the America's "Way up North" and a bar only, not in a Hotel....just saying......
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #288
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Very cool. I plan on riding my 04 R1150 GS Adventure up to Barrow. There is a bar up there that is the most northern bar in the northern hemisphere. I figure that's a good reason to ride up there. Probably go next summer around the first of July. Make a 30 day ride out of it.
that should be entertaining
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:30 PM   #289
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Very cool. I plan on riding my 04 R1150 GS Adventure up to Barrow. .
that will be a first

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Old 02-14-2012, 06:30 PM   #290
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Hmmmm. BMW agrees to pay $3M fine for late reporting of recalls...

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/13/b...ng-of-recalls/
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:51 PM   #291
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:55 PM   #292
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Hmmmm. BMW agrees to pay $3M fine for late reporting of recalls...

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/13/b...ng-of-recalls/
Interesting link Burnzella. Wonder what BMW's problem is,anyway?
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #293
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Interesting link Burnzella. Wonder what BMW's problem is,anyway?
Rhetorical question?

You know the usual, fragile egos and greed. Honestly, I could care less what their corporate issues are; I only want factual information from them. First issue for me in doing business with a company is if they have credibility; just for me BMW does not. And yes I own and love to ride a GSA so don't dismiss my opinion with the pejorative "Troll" epithet. Folks need to deal with facts and not name calling. The mechanical issues with BMW motorcycles are real and wishing them away, dismissing them as insignificant or to trying shout down someone asking for information from BMW is a disservice to all BMW owners.

Everyone is guessing until we get numbers from BMW and reasons for specific failures.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:09 AM   #294
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As to the Yamaha crowd, seems it must be slow on their forum again, they are back trolling here.

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Perhaps the thread should be moved as they are a lot more concerned about this than people who actually own the bike.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:46 AM   #295
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Very cool. I plan on riding my 04 R1150 GS Adventure up to Barrow. There is a bar up there that is the most northern bar in the northern hemisphere. I figure that's a good reason to ride up there. Probably go next summer around the first of July. Make a 30 day ride out of it.
You were joking, right? You realize that there are no roads to Barrow?

You will need something a lot more off road capable than a GS if you plan to go overland to Barrow. Good luck.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:19 AM   #296
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You were joking, right? You realize that there are no roads to Barrow?

You will need something a lot more off road capable than a GS if you plan to go overland to Barrow. Good luck.

ROKONS to Barrow!!!!!!!!! Get r done!!!
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:29 AM   #297
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You were joking, right? You realize that there are no roads to Barrow?

You will need something a lot more off road capable than a GS if you plan to go overland to Barrow. Good luck.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #298
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I've been to Barrow on a USCG icebreaker. Don't remember anyone mentioning a road.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:43 AM   #299
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Twenty pages on . . . and a Barrow load of comments . . . yet there has been little or no attempt at a quantitative analysis of the FD Failure issue . . . which is the issue which surely must be relevant to the NHSTA.

Not meaning here, the "percentage" of Final Drives that fail . . . as that is a concealed figure, which has [in this forum] received speculation as low as 0.01% [quite laughably unrealistic] or as high as 4% [a worrisome possibility for some riders . . . but not of concern to some of the 96%].

The point I make is that all things can fail . . . but is there not some *acceptable* level of failure?

What is actually a "fair" or acceptable level, will to some extent vary with the intended use of the machine . . . and also with the consequences of failure [failure in the sense of : stranding the owner, or of otherwise causing very major inconvenience].
Failure in a Starbucks-commuting cruiser like the old Yamaha Virago . . . or even a modern Cadillac . . . is not a big deal . . . usually.
Failure in a plane . . . or a commercial truck . . . or [adventurously used] adventure-tourer motorbike . . . is a considerably different matter.

Granted that a boxer's FD reliability is realistically coming from a compromise of lightness against long service-life . . . then . . . what is reasonable to expect in a sporty adv-tourer bike? That is something which surely ought to be discussed & agreed-upon [as far as possible] . . . as a logical starting point.

So . . . What is reasonable here? I would suggest that it is reasonable to expect that the bevel gears last 100,000 miles [at least].
And to expect routine maintenance in the form of replacing the big bearing, every 50,000 miles [or perhaps 33,000 miles?] . . . as being fair.
Comments or disagreements on those figures?

If such a scenario is reasonable . . . then an FD Failure rate [in a GS/GSA] of around [say] 4% . . . occurring at the 80,000 to 100,000 mile mark . . . would be nothing to complain of [for a rather sporty bike] . . . while 4% FD failure by the say 20,000 to 30,000 mile mark, would rightly deserve much criticism.

It is a matter of relativities, to a large extent.
(Though my own bias is toward a heavier but longer-life FD design . . . but YMMV in this matter.)
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:34 AM   #300
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Hard to read.

Anyhow, a lot of speculation, and though it has all been hashed before you will never get any kind of concensus on your questions.

The amount of acceptable failure ranges from none to 36K miles and everything inbetween. As for the rest, there will never be more than speculation, and it is like beating your head against the wall to expect it from this, or any other, BMW/non-BMW crowd!

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