Another GSPD driveshaft episode! ////WARNING////

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by URBAN INFIDEL, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. URBAN INFIDEL

    URBAN INFIDEL Adventurer

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    Okay, I really didn't mean for this to take an ugly turn - but I started something here that I didn't intend! I do appreciate the suggestions of other solutions, and I do want to retract anything that was negative - it really wasn't my intention, but looking at the responses I can see that is exactly how it looks. So, my apologies to all, and most specifically to Guy!

    So it looks like my drive shaft is toast, and I do not have spare parts for this particular shaft to send to Guy Henderson in order to repairs my old shaft. What have others done in this instance? Any good suggestions would be great.
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  2. lloydunknown

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    "I immediately took the photo attached here* and sent it off to Guy for his opinion. After not getting a response for days I packed up the drive shaft and sent it along with the check for $450."


    You took a pic and sent it to the repair man for advice. You didn't get any response so you just mailed the broken part to him. It's the beginning of the riding season for a lot of people that only ride in fair weather. He is probably extremely busy. I would have waited until I knew what he was going to do with the broken bits before I shipped it. Also, you're talking days here not weeks.
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  3. pjm204

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    Yea, I'm going to have to agree. I mean it sucks that your shaft broke, but the timeframe here is pretty small. I've waited over 6 months waiting for gun parts, and weeks for bike parts. I think you might have jumped the gun sending him the shaft without waiting for his response on the picture. I'm sure he'll get you sorted out but these things take time.
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  4. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    +2 on the above comments. Guy has been an outstanding vendor and has always gone above and beyond for me.

    If you check Guy's web site, you will see that he is one of the most respected custom machinists producing vintage Indian parts.. BMW stuff is a minor component of what he does.

    When you go to a highly respected specialist, who is a one-man shop expecting immediate turn-around is a bit much. Just try and get a BMW transmission rebuilt by one of the few rear specialists... you may see a 3-4 month wait at best! and that is before they open it and give you an estimate!

    BTW, I believe you could re-assemble your bike to be a roller without the shaft if needed.

    Ted Porter sells a replacement fully-serviceable driveshaft for $579
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

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    Guy is a good... um... guy. You were hasty and sent your part to him before hearing back. Don't bad mouth the guy for your own slip in judgement. Yes, this being the beginning of the riding season for many parts of the world, I'm sure he's slammed as he's a one man operation. If you just gotta have it now, go buy one of those new aftermarket shafts. Getting your old one repaired isn't going to be as fast as you apparently want no matter who you go to.
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  6. ericrat

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    Edited, no longer relevant.

    Eric
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  7. URBAN INFIDEL

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    @pjm - Yeah, I hope you are right and this does get sorted. I know that things take time, but when you are in communication with someone and not just working blind, I tend to think a reply email isn't that big a deal. I am hoping that this works out and in the end I can report positively on all counts - just want to document the experience here as a help to others.

    As for the "busy season", parts break, drive shafts break, and good mechanics are ALWAYS busy. I was told to expect the normal 3 week turnaround, so I don't think this is a seasonal issue. This isn't my first rodeo. By the way, sending the picture was my idea - I was not told to do that or wait for response prior to shipping. Not sure that means I "jumped the gun" really, but I do get your point.

    I am still holding out hope that this works out - just a surprise so far. I hate surprises.

    Eric - that was quite a response! You sound defensive - Bent? Broke? Maybe just stay with the facts instead of getting editorially creative. Also, I am not trying to slander anyone here, just inform others - this is an issue that is common for a lot of us (the shaft issues) and we are all at some point dealing with it. I have no idea how this is going to work out.
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  8. AntonLargiader

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    Funny, I thought you said:
    With big WARNING letters on the title about your brief and incomplete experience with a vendor who found that your driveshaft was more damaged than you thought and couldn't discern this before he actually saw it.

    Warning noted... probably not the one you had in mind, though. What's your real name?
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  9. ericrat

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    You post is slanderous towards a respected shop doing good work. Do you need someone to point it out to you?

    If the shaft came out in pieces, parts are bent and broken, no need for creativitiy. Simple inference based on experience.

    The shaft from Ted look like a pretty good deal. That could be a ad, "I got the shaft from Ted Porter Beemershop, and it was a great deal!"

    Eric
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  10. URBAN INFIDEL

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    I have edited the original post as this was getting out of control and was not at all what i intended. No need to continue the threats! I apologize to anyone I offended here, and I thank you all for the responses - even the angry ones!

    @ Solo Lobo & Wrangler - thanks for the level headed and helpful replies.
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  11. AntonLargiader

    AntonLargiader Long timer

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    Maybe the response wasn't what you intended, but you said what you wanted to say. Without your original post our responses have no context.

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  12. URBAN INFIDEL

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    To everybody else who can accept an apology, thanks.

    I talked to Guy, and we are good - he IS a good guy, and a solution is in hand.

    Can we all move on now?



    :huh
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  13. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Chitown- I'm sure you were a little upset and put out about the complete situation hence the air of the original post, but maned up to it and took a step or two back to make amends. Anton a well respected mechanic here can view this from the receiving end so can take such a knee jerk responce quite negatively.

    ...but anyway glad it's working out for you.
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  14. URBAN INFIDEL

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    Thanks One Less (great name by the way!).

    I would think that Anton would appreciate an unhappy customer having the balls to admit they went off half-cocked and saying they were sorry (it's gotta be refreshing in a way!). I don't know Anton, don't know his work, but enough is really enough I think.
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  15. bikecat

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    Hi, just came across this post.

    To the PO, if I am in your shoes I would either buy a new shaft, or hunt for a used one now to get my bike moving. Ultimately the one that comes back from Guy can be used as a spare or sold away.

    BTW, are you the same chap who GS-rised your R1150R and had Pelicans as storage? :)
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  16. URBAN INFIDEL

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    I was thinking along those lines, but Guy suggested another way to go that is a good solution - so I think I will be set.

    I've never owned a R1150R - I am afraid the '94 GSPD is a "new" bike in my world! I have seen Pelican cases used as side cases before - they seem perfect for the task!
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    What is a good used GSPD driveshaft worth these days. :ear
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  18. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    ..only good as reminder why mono levers are so popular:rofl
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    I think this deserves re-quoting. Despite the original 'half cocked' post, because of all the support he has gotten, I think the only message that a reader will take from this is that Guy is an excellent person to do business with.
    I imagine having a public presence on these kind of forums can be a double edged sword for some of these professionals (Guy, Anton, Wirespokes, etc, etc).
    All I can say is thanks for being here and doing what you do guys.:clap

    Myself,
    Like many others, I've got a custom triple clamp set from Guy which is beautiful and perfect.
    He also worked out and provided a plug and play Scotts stabiliser mounting kit for my G/S, including a pin tower that he makes himself. He had to work things out, order parts, and provide a custom made part- and he didn't even get to make any money on a stabiliser sale to go with it because I had bought a cheapy second hand one off ebay.
    Did all this happen overnight? No of course not. I was patient and it happened in good time and I have 200% satisfaction with it.
    Good on you Guy!:clap
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    Whee! All this in just over 8 hours. I heart the interwebs.
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