Bella Coola and Beyond: 9 days in and out BC on 2 F800GSs

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by MotoLara, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    Good stuff! but I hope you didn't go around in circles in the Churn area... like we did :lol3
    You are very welcome! glad to hear that you guys made it safe back home despite the bike issues :clap

    That wolf for sure faces high competition with all the bears in the area... he did well, eh? :dg
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  2. stimmer6253472

    stimmer6253472 Been here awhile

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    enjoyed it
    thanks
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  3. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    De nada amigo! :thumb
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  4. lovemoto

    lovemoto Adventurer

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    Have such a wife is really a kind of enjoyment, beautiful travel beautiful scenery is really enviable.:clap:clap:clap
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  5. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    really enjoyed the report. thanks!:clap
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  6. toothy

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    Excellent, thank you.
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  7. Uncle Evil

    Uncle Evil Island Boy

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    I was through some of those areas on my way to Inuvik in July . It's soooo beautiful there.
    Please let us all know what the end result of the rear hub failure is .

    Thanks guys .
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  8. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    Naomi is AWESOME! :raabia .. I'm a lucky muchacho :lol3
    :freaky
    many thanks! the juicy bits are still to come! :*sip*
    Thanks for asking U.Evil :thumbup
    My rear wheel bearings failed miserably and the whole hub, spacers, all bearings (left and right) had to be replaced. Also, the wheel was so out of alignment that the rear brake rotor/disk locked up and the rotor made a 'channel' on the brake-pad's safety pin. The pin had to be replaced, the pads were not replaced neither was the brake rotor (it has now a funny dark-ish color :huh). My rear brake never worked anyways. @ the 1,000 km service I brought it up to my BMW dealer, they 'checked it' but still didn't work. Then I brought it up again @ the dealer in Colombia (Ruta40) and still the brake didn't have any bite. Then, I asked my local dealer again to check the rear brake last summer... they did and yes: still bad :ddog

    How do I know my rear brake doesn't work? when I ride Naomi's F8GS and test the rear brake is like '
    wow! this thing actually stops the bike!'. I can literally 'stand on my rear brake' with all my weight and the bike barely slows down. Keep in mind, I use the front brakes 95% of the time. I only use the rear brake on very steep downhills on dirt and in case of an emergency stop.

    That's part of my rant
    :lol3 ... the other part of this rant is that my local dealer told me: not covered under warranty b/c of wear & tear and it's over the 7,500km (5,000 miles) warranty coverage... :huh so okay, I asked them to give me a quote to get it fixed. In the mean time I went online (here and other F800GS forums) and learned that failed wheel bearings is a VERY WELL DOCUMENTED type of failure on the F8GS. And read about how several of these riders had theirs replaced under warranty, no questions asked (even if their bikes were over the 7,500km mark) So I called my dealer and kindly asked them what the deal was with the warranty thing. In the end, they told me that were going to 'try' to get BMW Canada to cover it under good will warranty, which BMW Canada did in the end :clap

    I am very thankful for their support and all .... but why the heck do I have to be the one pushing for warranty coverage on a very well known failure on a supposedly 'unstoppable' motorbike? Most times when I've had to get a warranty job done on our bikes, I had to 'fight' for it. I don't think it's right. If it's a known issue with the bike: make a recall or cover the cost of fixing it (when it fails) under warranty w/out a fuss. Mind you, in my case I almost killed myself on the highway when the bearings went
    :pope

    Doing some research online and asking - again: kindly - my dealer to look into covering things under warranty saved me ~$500


    Wow... I wasn't planning on ranting this much! haha but still have a useless rear brake after they checked it for the 4th time a few weeks ago tho
    :lol3

    Cheers,
    Alberto.
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  9. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    I enjoy keeping up with your ride reports, but you guys seem to have a lot of trouble from the BMW's and dealerships.
    Next time buy 3 used KLR's and you will have 2 parts bikes, or 2 bikes to ride with 2 new friends, and money left for another South American trip.

    The BMW dealer here in OKC closed. So it's a trip to Tulsa or Dallas for service. We went on a dinner run last Thursday out of town, at one of the refreshment stops, the 2 Beemer guys (F800GS/ GS1200) were bad mouthing the Tulsa dealership. Same kind of comments I heard about the OKC dealership. The F800 guy was bitch'n about the recalls. Didn't want to trailer it to Dallas but didn't want to let the Tulsa store work on his bike.

    The OKC BMW dealership had an attitude toward anyone pulling up to their shop on non BMW bikes. I should say that was my experience at the OKC shop. Might be why they are no longer in business. The day I went out to buy a Gold Wing I was treated with the same attitude at Maxie's Honda. From there I went to BMW OKC. I very well could have been driving BMW but NOT with their nose so high in the air they couldn't see me. Left there and went to OK Honda. Great sales guy. He suggested before I ride the Gold Wing I should test the VTX1800 and see what I thought. I drove away on a shiny new Midnight Black VTX1800.
    BMW needs to wake up and take care of their customers. Get rid of the attitude. Don't judge the customer by the bike they ride in on. Yes, I was riding a junky bike, that's why I was at your store Einstein.

    The only way you can kill a KLR is to :
    1 Don't change the oil
    2 Crash them
    3 Let it get stolen
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  10. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    I followed youride from Canada to argentina , and following this one too.
    As usual , amazing mix of pictures.
    Thanks again for sharing.
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  11. superfunkomatic

    superfunkomatic Funky Monkey Trunk

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    Another exciting and interesting adventure. I've really enjoyed reading your ride reports (this one and the previous epic journey). Sorry about the bike issues. I've had a bike failure mid-trip before and it's quite humbling and quite aggravating to have to take the journey on a flatbed tow truck.

    Super pics. This gives me some ideas for future adventures into BC. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Ageing Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the ride report, great photo's some "real" adventure and problems with a bike. You had it all.

    Cheers from downunder...
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  13. naotweed

    naotweed Been here awhile

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    I also find it really disappointing the way a lot of dealers treat people these days. My dad had one of the new KLRs before he bought a F8GS. I rode it a few times and enjoyed it. I do like the extra power and overall swankiness of the Beemer. I'm a total sucker I guess. :rofl

    I wish we didn't have as many problems as we've had but the main thing is that most of the time we are enjoying ourselves :D
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  14. naotweed

    naotweed Been here awhile

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    We are all about the complete experience :evil
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  15. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    Gracias Chelo! we had a great time riding in Chile (especially up in the Andes in the north and the southern part of the country) :D
    Yeah, we could have done without the towing truck :lol3
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  16. Trondomatic

    Trondomatic To infinity and beyond...

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    Great ride report and sweet pics. Thanks for sharing.

    My wife and I also traveled through South America (in a cage) and reached the same conclusion - BC is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can't wait to explore more. Thanks for the inspiration. :D
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  17. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    BC has so much to offer! and the different seasons offer a variety of fun outdoor activities to keep you entertained year-round IMHO :D

    Thanks for 'stopping by' :nod
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  18. NellieDriver

    NellieDriver Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your intriguing ride report and wonderful pics. I regret your misfortune on the rear wheel. It is a very well known problem of the F8GS due to the cruel quality of the chinese bearings. I had the same problem at my F8GS at only about 25000 km. But unfortunately it was not at the end of a travel and near my home. The french BMW dealer was not willing to repair it in one or two days and said "...minimum one week or more...". I was cranky about that and my holidays were over.
    My local dealer repaired it into a very short time and he cared that BMW Germany tooke the costs of the repair (goodwill).
    Yes, it is a real problem with the low quality of the new beemer bikes, especially for us older drivers, which we had used to the high quality level of the older bikes (par ex. R 100 GS).
    But where is the real alternative? All new traveller enduros like Triump Tiger, Yam Super Tenere, all italians and what else can`t convince me. The 1-cyl. Kawa KLR is not powerful enoug. The KTM 2-cyl. are too big and too thirsty and the nono-cylinder 690 is unfortuntely not sold as Adventure version with big fuel tank...
    So, what can do?
    I hope you will have a great seasonend and some beautiful rides before the winter comes.
    Greets from Germany.
    Nelliedriver
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  19. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Great trip, love your neck of the woods - beautiful. :clap
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  20. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    While it's true that there is no perfect bike and that all bikes can potentially fail, we have had way too many issues with our F8GS. Now my stearing/head bearings are done :cry ... it's almost embarrassing to share with you about all the failures we're getting. Keep in mind that our bikes have been ridden primarily on dirt (of course some pavement too) so we have been actually been using them for what they were 'built for': adventure. Most GS owners very rarely take their bikes off-road and many of them tell me: 'I've never had any issues with my GS' ... well... your GS have been lady-driven and not really tested, I think ... but don't say it out loud :lol3

    Anyway, enough of my rant! :deal my next bike will be a simple, lighter, smaller DRz400 or something along those lines. Still lots of fun, proven reliability and cheap to fix if needed.

    Great to hear from ADVers from faraway countries like you in Deutschland :freaky

    :wave we just came back from another SUPER FUN ride here in BC. I posted some photos on this thread 2012 BCBATR (towards the bottom and on the next pages)