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Old 07-02-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Have you ever...

Had a mechanical failure while riding? What was it and how did you handle it? This could be anything from a tire blowing to a locked brake and everything in between.

PS-Sorry if there is another thread along these lines, if there is I couldn't find it.

My only mechanical failure was have my throttle cable snap a couple miles from my house, nothing dramatic, but I did end up pushing the bike home which wasn't fun.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Clutch cable broke....got some strong nylon cord at a hardware store near by. Routed it though the bike along where the broken cable was tied off both ends with as much tension as I could get. Was able to make the clutch work well enough to get home. About 30 miles.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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Last fall my bike randomly died on me on the way to work, about a mile after leaving the house. After inspecting everything it fired right up, and died again about another mile later. I turned around to head back home to take the car to work, and it died a third time. At this point, even though it had a full tank of gas it was acting like it was starved for fuel. So I left the gas tank cap open. Bike didn't die again.

After getting home that night (I took the car to work) I did some digging around on the internet and found out the gas cap of my bike has a small vent in it that is notorious for clogging up. Removed the vent, and have not had an issue since.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:04 PM   #4
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My Chain broke on my 650 at highway speed , the tire chirped,and the bike lurched for a split second but then was able to coast off the nearest exit ramp. Fortunately it broke twice and the pieces lodged away from either sprocket. After a lot of effort to remove the pieces ,a new (heavier) chain, and some bodywork. I was back on the road .

Had a tube tear at the valve stem while camping in Vt last winter and was able with the help of a few good samaritans get a new one in record time. and replaced it myself in a parking lot.

My VR fails every few years and usually takes my battery with it, Always in the middle of nowhere, I can usually fill the battery with whatever water I can find, remove my headlight bulb, and make it to someplace that can give me a small charge, from there I go directly home, I have though, bought a lawnmower battery at a hardware store and run without headlight for a few days.

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Old 07-02-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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Had a mechanical failure while riding? What was it and how did you handle it? This could be anything from a tire blowing to a locked brake and everything in between.

PS-Sorry if there is another thread along these lines, if there is I couldn't find it.

My only mechanical failure was have my throttle cable snap a couple miles from my house, nothing dramatic, but I did end up pushing the bike home which wasn't fun.
Clutch Interlock Switch went out and the outer seal on the rear end started seeping on the way to Baton Rouge this spring. BMW of BR worked me in and had me repaired in two hours.

Major throttle problems on the way to Phoenix last month (she kept hanging in the "open" position--which is exciting). GOAZ BMW in Scottsdale put me back together and sold me a new battery as well. Best dealership I ever encountered.

Ate the alternator belt last week in Colorado. Limped into Gunnison on the battery. Dealer in Grand Junction shipped me a belt overnight. Was going by 10:00 the next morning.

'09 GS with 26K miles... I love the pig, but she isn't the most trustworthy. Nothing major, but I end up looking for a dealer at some point on every trip over 2,000 miles.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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I had the kick starter pawl break in my old Kawasaki 125 enduro back in the '70s. At the time I was about 3/4 of mile down a creek full of slimey rocks.

One of the other guys had some rope and towed me back to the road where we could push start it.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:15 PM   #7
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Chain failure 1: Tension was waaay too loose on my Ninja 250, I didn't realize this because it was shortly after I had bought the bike and had taken the word of the previous owner that it needed to be adjusted once or twice a year...which was true at his 500 miles-per-year rate. Not quite so true at the rate I was riding...and I lucked out in that when it bounced off the rear sprocket on a bump, it was in my driveway. It did lock up the rear wheel; it was after dark and in a lightning storm, so I dragged the bike out of the way lest someone else drive into it and left it until the morning.

Chain failure 2: Same Ninja 250. Might have still been the same chain, although I had gotten in the habit of lubing and adjusting it. I had noticed a cyclical ickyness in the drivetrain that didn't seem to vary with engine speed as much as road speed and wasn't the right frequency (in my mind) for a tire issue. I had already noticed that there was a stiff spot in the chain. I decided that I'd order a new chain and sprocket when I got home, which I did....after the chain broke coming off a stop sign (lucky again), about 50 road miles from home. I called a friend, walked her through hooking my trailer to my truck, and she came to retrieve me (lucky again).

Clutch cable failure: rode home without it. I started the bike in neutral, waddled a bit to get it rolling, and forced it into first. Then I just shifted without the clutch; fortunately, there was only one stop sign on the way home and no one was coming on the cross street. (also on the 250, but only about 20 miles from home)

Tiny screw that holds plastic that holds the throttle cable at the throttle end on the 1150 fell out on an off-road ride, resulting in being unable to use the throttle. Electrical tape solved that problem well enough to ride home.

Fuel tank QD failed on the 1150. After covering my right leg and boot in fuel, I realized that I wasn't just low on fuel but had a leak. Pulled over, removed both ends of the quick disconnect, cut a Bic pen body to length and used it as a connector. Ran fine like that for about a week before I got around to installing the new QD (of course, I was an idiot...I should've ordered the pair, as I broke the second plastic QD when trying to reinstall the tank after replacing the first).

There was also the time that a body screw vibrated loose and I ended up riding for a while with a string tied around the eyebrow / number plate-type-piece above the headlights on the 1150.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:15 PM   #8
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2009 KLR wire harness faulted. Shorted out somewhere, but did not blow fuses, yet the bike would not start. Left us deep inside a military base. Had to send someone for a trailer and we hauled it home 50 miles. Looked at the harness and components for a week, could not find the fault.

Replaced the harness and it started right up. Armored the shidt out of the harness, never a problem again.

Split loom, zip ties and hockey stick tape your best friend...
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:21 PM   #9
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My '02 Ural had the little "top hat" fail that affects timing, lost crank bearings, and the battery short out. Loved that bike. I really did.

I had the upper rear mount on my Silverwing sidecar rig fail after hitting a bump. Snapped the mount right off the frame and rode it home with only 3 mounting points.

Ran out of gas a couple times...

After filling up my '79 Suzuki with gas I felt my clutch cable begin to unwind as I started up to get ready to go on the road. Made it home and gave it a few more pulls. Clutch cable snapped while it was in the garage. That was close!

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Old 07-02-2012, 02:33 PM   #10
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Stuck shifter arm, broken air cleaner, hole in fuel line, starter solenoid stuck engaged oh and ran out of gas in BFE Wyoming

Jerryrig, Jerryrig, Jerryrig, Tow Truck, CMA saved me...

OK one more, broke the kickstand off... clean off... used a borrowed ratchet strap to hold an HD touring bike up at each stop until I could get a replacement the next day.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:55 PM   #11
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i was on a sun morning ride on my 09 c14 with 2000 miles on the clock
.I happened to look down and see my steering stem nut cover missing . Fukin Kawasaki to cheap for thread locker I guess.
I pulled over to look for it hoping it was maybe lodged somewhere underneath .
As i got off the bike i saw a small steady stream of coolant spraying my front wheel ..Brakes and wheel/ tire were soaked.
I also noticed after looking around for a bit, a nice ding/scar on one of the spokes (cast wheel)
I put 2 and 2 together. The nut plug thing came out , fell down into the spinning frt wheel and was launched into the radiator.
I called my daughter to come with my truck and got her home .
An expensive replacement part but it could have been worse with the slick coolant hosing my front tire and brakes.
I did blow a kawasaki 500 tripple motor to smithereens about 40 years ago but didnt crash
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:11 PM   #12
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Rode home about 38 miles with a clip less 530 master link stuffed through a 520 chain..
Worked great.

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #13
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Three times and always hundreds of miles from home. All mechanical failures were on my BMW 1200RT. First one was the electronic anti theft system. Wouldn't allow me to start the bike. Towed to a dealer.

Next up, final drive crapped out on me. Towed to a dealer. No parts there, but they installed a used drive so I could at least continue my trip.

Then, I had a catastrophic transmission failure. And by catastrophic, I mean it blew the fuck up. By shear luck I wasn't killed. Towed to a dealer where I told them what they could do with the bike and I bought a Kawasaki.

Mechanical failures happen. Unfortunately, when they happen hundreds of miles from home, it's a real pain in the ass. I had bad luck with this particular BMW and I think that BMW could have done a better job with this bike. For the kind of money I spent, I shouldn't have been stranded three times in the first 7,000 miles of ownership. But, I'm not one to hold grudges and I wouldn't rule out owning another BMW in the future as I think they make exciting motorcycles.

As an aside, I've never had a mechanical failure on a Japanese bike (I've owned Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki). Currently, I'm riding a 2012 Harley Electra Glide. I have 4,000 miles on it and not a glimmer of a problem yet. However, my fingers are crossed and crossed hard. Not sure I entirely trust Harley and reliability quite yet. We'll see.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #14
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Sidestand spring broke and used some zip ties to hold it up for a few hundred miles. Gas stops were tough! Carry a spare now.

Another time we stopped for icecream, went to leave and NO electricity. Pulled the sidecover, all the fuses looked fine. Pulled the seat and poked at the battery, headlight came on. Somehow the + lead was a little loose, you could see some arcing on the terminal. Honked it down with a screwdriver and was on my way.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:57 PM   #15
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The rubber boot connecting the left carb to the airbox kept popping off during a recent trip. I jammed it back on and held it in place with my ankle until I could stop and deal with it properly.

On the same trip my airbox and filter got drenched with rain; a common issue with Urals of a certain age. I got a replacement that sort of fit from Napa and changed it in the bay of a car wash (shelter from the rain).
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