F800GS 2010 Gearbox problems?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by sealteam4, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. sealteam4

    sealteam4 Adventurer

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    Has anyone had any problems with their f800gs gearbox. mine failed today. it got stock in first gear and it wont shift. I'll bring my bike to the dealership on saturday and see what they say.
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  2. GB

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    Mine shifts like butta...

    Moved to Beasts.
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  3. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    Ditto. The smooth-as-butta transmission one thing that convinced me to buy the bike.

    Of course, so far I have only 5K miles so maybe I can hope for catastrophic failure. It'll give me something to bitch abut the bike. I hate this bike.
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  4. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    I've heard of a couple others failing, but I get the impression that it's very, vry rare.
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  5. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    It only happens to one post noobs on April 1st :1drink

    But if it is real. You are among a very rare few that have issues. May be a factory assembly issue. Should be covered under warranty.
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  6. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    I'll be glad when it's tomorrow. :rolleyes
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  7. ]I)Money

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    Barring April Foolishness,

    Did you drop it, even gently, on the shift lever, or done anything else that might have tweaked it?
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  8. sealteam4

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    No I didn't, They told me at the dealership that it could be a spring that broke but whatever it is it shouldn't be happening the bike only has 1100 miles.
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  9. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    My tranny still continues to amaze me how sweet it shifts, even after 23,000 miles. And I run Mobil 1 15-50, too (the only one from Mobil 1 that doesn't have friction modifiers in it! :deal
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  10. The Griz

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    You're running the car Mobil-1 stuff???:huh EEEK

    I'd run the Mobil-1 motorcycle stuff:
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    http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Oils/Mobil1_Racing_4T_10W-40.aspx

    All arguments as to why it doesn't matter aside.... IMHO, I just wouldn't run any car oil in a motorcycle. It's just not designed for it.
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  11. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    My F800GS is 10 weeks old and I have ridden 20,000km (12,000 miles) on my North American holiday so far http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=520737

    In 5th gear an oscillating on/off noise/vibration/drone occurs at all RPM and has become an annoying and unbearable 'nuisance'.

    I detoured and returned the bike to the selling dealer, Sierra BMW in Reno Nevada. The grief I endured as an Australian tourist to try and buy a BMW bike in the first place was beyond comprehension and now having a mechanical issue that the dealer is reluctant and slow to pursue is just downright unbelievable.

    I already own an F800GS back in Sydney which has been faultless. I was led to believe that USA customer service was supposed to be superior to any other western country but I am now of the opinion after reading and listening to many other riders with similar stories of 'grief' that BMW USA 'Customer Service' rates very poorly.

    It has taken the dealer one week to perform the 20,000km service and to finally and reluctantly acknowledge the gearbox problem. They are awaiting a response from BMW USA on what to do next and have indicated if could take at least another 2 weeks for any resolution.

    As a traveller in a foreign country who is now 'off the road' for an indefinate period and behind in my travel plans, you would think I am fortunate in at least this has happened in a first world country. But I know for a fact I would be been better treated in other countries like Chile, Argentina, Columbia or Brazil where customer service from BMW dealers runs rings around the 'customer service' in the USA.

    I have already made the decision to return to Japanese bikes for my next motorcycle purchase after 30 years of reliable trouble free motoring riding them.

    I cannot and will not tolerate the 'BMW BULLSHIT' any longer.
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  12. Tor

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    Well hey stopped carrying the Gold Cap 15W50 M1 Synth. Non-energy conserving. Grey Cap is just as good though. And of course the M1 T4....:deal
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  13. outpostbabu

    outpostbabu Been here awhile

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    I hear ya! This would be my worst fear, being far from home on a carefully planned trip and having a new, supposedly reliable, BMW failing on me. I'm having enough trouble with it now in the city I live in, I can't imagine if it had taken so long outside the country... I had intended to go to Mexico around September but after my problems with BMW NA and the inordinate amount of time its taken to resolve them, I don't/won't trust the bike for a long long while.
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  14. markjenn

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    I'm sorry for your troubles, but I'd like to see how things would be handled if I came to Australia, attempted to buy/register a bike, and then came in with a vibration problem demanding that it be fixed on a short schedule. I have a feeling your difficulties have a lot more to do with the foreign traveler situation (and the general bureaucracy associated with the American state-centric vehicle titling/registration/insurance system) than it does with how BMW customer service works in different countries.

    And are you really having them tear into a gearbox for a "oscillating on/off noise/vibration/drone" problem? Obviously, we can't judge the severity from the internet, but put up with a lot of noise/vibration nuisance before I'd park a bike and interrupt a vacation. And I've almost never seen a major gearbox problem with any bike not require considerable down time and some negotiation between the dealer and importer. Major repairs require major paperwork and due diligence.

    Regardless, best of luck getting it sorted.

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  15. bikerfish1100

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    mine just did the first gear lockup today.
    what was the resolution on the other gearboxes that parked themselves in #1??

    will get it tothe dealer on Tuesday- here's hoping for a loaner bike. maybe a ss1kr??
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  16. Travlr

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  17. Maxacceleration

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    We are not actually a first world country any more.
    We are merely a free enterprise country, where we are free to give bad, slow service and then charge you through the nose.
    Honest dealers are becoming rarer and probably don't make as much as the fleecers.

    Does the dealer know the severity of your internal gremlins?
    I mean, is it obvious?

    You should at least get a loaner to continue regional touring while they address your bike.
    Especially as a visitor from outside our country.

    I hope for the best of luck to you.
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  18. bikerfish1100

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    Mine locked up on Sunday. Got it to the dealer on Tuesday. Diagnosed as a bent gear selector shaft. Replaced under warranty, back in my hands on Thursday. Cost to me was $10 for overnight shipping, which allowed me to keep the Triumph Tiger 1050 they had given me as a loaner. I used about $7 of their gas- well worth it, overall. If i had gone with std shipping, they would have recalled the loaner bike.
    No clear/known etiology. And no, i had not dropped it on the shifter.
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  19. bartski

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    My 2010 800GS has a clunky metallic downshift from 4th to 3rd to 2nd to 1st. Esp nuetral to first. Started at 3000km and not getting any better. The agents say its normal and are not interested. They did replace the clutch under warranty, this made no difference. I put Castrol R1 synthetic oil in. Bike runs more smoothly at high speed, but shifting the same. Did have my chain overtightened by the tyre guys and rode 2 up with a tight chain for a few hundred kms offroad. Convinced this is when the problem started. All expertts so far say not possible.

    This is my second 800 and have ridden plenty others, I hate my gearbox.

    Help!! Or its a Triumph XC for me..:evil
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  20. Evedrake

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    :dealbike is a 2009 with 80,100 miles. This has been an issue for over 18 k miles. The mechanic failed to replicate it and suggested it was operator error. Hum I have been riding longer then the 32 year old mech has been on this earth. I have over 1 million miles on motorcycles and suddenly I can not shift a bike below 4th gear? It became progressivly worse. To add to the issue the bike would fail to start in any gear but neutral with the side stand up and the clutch in. They blamed this on the clutch handle "suddenly" not depressing enough due to the foam grip cover which has been on the bike for over 75k miles. To make a long story short after being BLOWN OFF by the dealer ship that nothing was wrong I was stranded in BF Texas and my vacation was all F'ed up. The bike 1st failed to shift below 2nd gear and the bike would not start. After 35 minutes of adjusting anything to do with the handle and cable I was able to at least start the bike and ride it in 2nd gear - failed to shift into any other gear. I finally got a truck and loaded it and dumped it off at the dealership and told them to please fix the damn thing.

    I have seen two major failed F650 GS ( 2 cly) transmissions. I have not paid much attention to F800GS transmission issues until over 18K and have seen a few other post on other venues. I have an 800ST which has a killer fuel pump problem so I have spent more time dealing with that as it is a life threatening failure and the down shift issue not so much unless you are stranded in the 118 degree heat of the desert southwest and forced to wait hours in the heat while someone comes to your aid

    so I am very interested in what they find when they finally figure out what is wrong.
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