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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dylan.S, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    *Struck By Disaster*

    It's down to one man and one horse-power. With a friend I met along the way, I rode out into a deserted part of the area. Our intention was to get close to a volcano and then later go out swimming in one of those crater lakes. After having completed around 30km in some of the toughest riding conditions, Bruce decided to stand still and that with a big noise too! My gearbox is gone!
    Here in the photo you see me trying to move the bike close to civilization so that I could find a vehicle to transport the bike. Unfortunately, the poor horse only managed about two meters. The sand was too deep and also the rear wheel wasn't moving freely.
    At this moment in time, I can not give you more info. But definitely, a majour repair is coming my way!

    Friends!

    Do you know anyone who can help me in Nicaragua? I can repair the bike myself (hopefully) ButBMW parts? Any special tools that's needed? Is anyone out there who knows people in Leon, Nicaragua where I can work? Would be great if you can help me. I have very little funds to continue and can't afford to stay in hotels or hostels. I'm going to start working on the bike tomorrow morning to have a look what exactly gone wrong. May be transport the bike to Costa Rica where the chances are better than here in Nicaragua? I simply don't know. May be there's someone out there who can advice me.

    What went wrong. I was riding some rough road, deep sand, big bumps and etc. All of a sudden a big sound, like hammer hitting metal from the gearbox area and the feel was as if the gear teeth were jumping. The rear wheel does not turn free even when it's in the neutral. Any remote diagnose before I take it apart?
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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    get in touch with adv inmate "Salcar" he is in Africa right now but usually very quick to respond, he's from the Managua area and knows everyone around there and other places in Nica (he owns Nica Motors), he will be able to find you someone with a few phone calls...send him a PM

    good luck...:freaky:freaky:freaky
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  3. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Dylan, you forgot to share the story I read on other riding report over at KLR forum about your cooking chicken immediately after you and other riders saw the bear walking away from the campsite in Coldfoot, AK (I think if the location is correct?). The other guys weren't sure if you were crazy or stupid or brave! :rofl I laughed when I read that story and you should share your side of it.. these guys were terrified but to their surprise the bear never came back.. :lol3 But you want to know this that the guy admit he normally doesn't like the spice you added to the chicken but with your cooking you changed his mind so that is a compliment for you!
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  4. Earth

    Earth I Break Fixed Stuff

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    Sorry to read this, friend.
    Obviously you won't know what's wrong until you perform the surgery but I'd start at the final drive unit. There are ring and pinion-style gears in there but also a few universal joints on a driveshaft along with splined end shafts. Hopefully you blew a spline or U-joint in the driveshaft and nothing in the gearbox!

    Sorry again for your driveline failure but everything happens for a reason...
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  5. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks Paul! I'll give it a try and see what'll come out of it.
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  6. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    I'd like to think that it's not the gear box. I'll know tomorrow for sure when I take the drive-line to bits. The big question is, why does it block the rear wheel when the gear in neutral position? Hm.....
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  7. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Having fun with Bruce a couple of hours before the gearbox failure.
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    It was all cattle land. The road was about one foot deep in dust. When the cattle walked onto the road, we were forced to take a break. Not that we couldn't pass them. But they kicked up so much dust in the air that we couldn't see the road.



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    When Bruce broke down, my friend wanted to tow Bruce towards the road where we might get some help. But I knew it was a bad idea. In this torturous condition towing a bike means putting the towing vehicle under too much pressure.
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  9. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    After we tried to tow the bike with the horse, we gave up the towing idea and Smuel rode off to look for a pick-up truck to give Bruce a piggy back. Gauchos came and left and I killed time by kicking dust in the air.
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    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Finally an ambulance for Bruce! We dropped the bike off at a garage in the city of Leon and told the mechanic that I'll be there tomorrow in the morning to start work. The truck driver dropped me off at a hostel and left. Later in the evening only I realized that I don't have a clue where about we dropped Bruce off. I know it's about in a two kilometer radius from the hostel. I'm going to have a long day tomorrow and I have no idea how many kilometers I'll be walking before I find Bruce.
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  11. jamesm417

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    If you have something broken in the drive line between the gearbox and the rear wheel, it may be binding enough to keep the rear wheel from moving freely in neutral.

    JMHO.
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  12. HayDuchessLives

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    Wow - I'm sure sorry to hear about your problems with Bruce. I hope you were able to find him and figure out what's wrong. This has got to be rather disheartening and about the only thing I can do to help is send some warm, sunny smiles your direction that will hopefully bring you a little bit of good cheer.

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    My friends and I skied back to the glacier in the background on the left. It was another AWESOME day in Alaska's amazing backcountry!

    Good luck getting Bruce up and running again. :D
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    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Oh man, I was going to congratulate you on getting Bruce somewhere safe until you said you LOST him :eek1 On the bright side, Leon is a great place to hang out for a while. It's beautiful with lots of amenities (and cheap street food if I remember correctly). What hostel are you staying in?
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  14. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Changing roles. The rider becomes the mechanic and the mechanic become a photographer.




    It took me two hours of roaming around the streets of Leon to find the Garage where I had dropped off Bruce on the previous day. But once I was there, I started the work very quickly. Washed the bike thoroughly, (something which only the rain took care off in the last few months) and the mechanics assisted me in various ways. As some of you had suggested, it was the shaft and the front universal joint which were defect. But it wasn't just defect, it was broken into pieces! Anyhow it's a reason for a sigh of relief. A problem with the gearbox would've meant, no riding, probably, for weeks!

    I was all optimistic. This kind of problems could be solved without having to buy the expensive part and wait for them till they arrive from somewhere far away. But it was up to the local mechanics, who had the necessary tools to mend the broken part. I took the drive train apart within one hour, and brought the old and new spare parts to the specialists (Supposed to be the best in town) I explained them what I needed done. They asked me to come back in the afternoon at three to pick up the repaired shaft.

    At three O'clock they were still busy repairing my drive shaft but half of the work was done. When I inspected their finished work, I was disappointed with the workmanship quality. Bruce wouldn't have lasted more than 1000km with the new repairs. So I showed them what wasn't good and they were nice enough to admit their mistakes. However, they failed each time to deliver the good workmanship. Four times they sawed the pieces and re-welded because I noticed that it was crooked or misaligned. They were simply not trained enough to do a proper job.

    Where you needed to use a saw they used a chisel. When you needed a vernier caliper they used the thumb. Not that they didn't have those proper tools. They simply didn't know when to use them. I felt very sorry for the workers and they accepted my critics and demands each time. Just before it was dark, it was my turn to ask them a favour.
    "Will you let me do the work in your workshop?" I think they were relieved. They stretched their hands and showed me the workbenches and the tools. "Please, consider it's your workshop", they said.
    From 5 p.m. till 7.30p.m. I took charge and nearly got all the work done. Tomorrow morning I shall be continuing on the fine works. Hopefully before midday I shall be on the road and stay on the road without problems :-)

    Wish me luck folks!
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  15. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Hey,

    Thanks a lot! I know lot of people don't say a single word but read only. But I can tell you how powerful and how much they can help you when you're stuck somewhere feeling helpless. I appreciate it!

    Have a nice day!
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  16. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Hi friend!

    Hope you guys making progress and didn't ride that terrible bridge :-)

    Things looking good over here (I said "looking")

    Ride safe!
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  17. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that friend. Yes, it made sense! And it was the front universal joint which was broken.
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    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks OldPete,

    Yes, I was lucky that it didn't cause any other damages. Enjoy the posts!
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    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that reminder :D I had a great time riding with those guys. It was only a very few days but we hit it off nicely. I didn't forget those stories. I simply didn't start my RR until very recently. There are a few more stories to catch up with. I'm sure you'll hear them when the time is right.
    Thanks for those words!
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  20. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thank you Earth!

    Yes, it was exactly that you had hoped for. Shaft and U joint were gone to pieces.

    Have a nice day!