Need a mechanic in Guatemala. Urgent

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Veter, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Veter

    Veter Motoviajero

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    HI, guys!

    It seems I my stripe of bad luck continues as I got into an accident not far from Tikal. Bike leaks oil and doesn't start, error code 12-13. I need ASAP someone in Guatemala who is capable to dig into the problem. Otherwise, I will have to take it to Cancun which is tremendous pain in the $@#


    GS 1200 2011

    Many thanks!
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  2. MJS

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    Where is the oil leak?

    The valve covers on the new models (2 VC bolts) will move and allow the VC gasket to pop out of place. Carefully loosen the valve cover bolts as they might be bent (you may have to loosen them a 1/4 turn turn at a time alternating between the two) then the gasket can be reset in place. The gasket has tabs that are supposed to locate it in place. These may be broken off. Just get the pieces out of the cylinder head or valve cover before you button it back up.

    You can carefully straighten the bolts if they are bent. Do NOT try and use the boss on the head if straightening, use a vise of even two pairs of pliers.

    You may have a broken coil or spark plug if the VC was moved very far. Otherwise, I can't help with the running issue without more info. Does it crank? Try to start and run? Or is there no response when you turn the key or push the starter? Does the instrument cluster work? We need more info to help.
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  3. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Can you post a photo of the crash damaged area of the bike? It would help considerably.
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    Hikertrash Long timer

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  5. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    Damit Veter say it ain't so.....:cry


    Your adventure is turning into a trial of will.
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  6. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    You're on a BMW and getting...error codes....:D

    Slap a few pics up, dude.
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  7. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    I know a good guy here in Antigua, Guatemala. That's still a big haul from where you are though.
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  8. Veter

    Veter Motoviajero

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    Catours, I'm already at Mex border. Decided to take it to Cancun because it seems that this time it is really serious. However, I can turn back if he is good, has time for my bike and is able to get fast all the necessary spares. Can you ask him or send me his phone number?

    Thx!

    And in order to answer previous posts - now it is an engine problem so it is way above my head and I don't want to make problems worse with the crippled hands of mine
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  9. GuateRider

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    Is the bike still in running conditions? I would take it to the BMW dealer in Guatemala City ,by far a better option as Cancun .
    Suerte!!
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  10. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Man....:cry

    If you were able to offer good info about the problems and some pics, it would be like fleas on a dog with people offering you solid advice.

    I really hate to see this stuff. And this kinda thing won't magically go away forever unless you educate yourself to some degree.

    Regardless, best of luck and safe riding to ya...:thumb
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  11. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    Sent you an email.


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  12. Veter

    Veter Motoviajero

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    Many thanks to Catours! I'm now in Antigua with Taz, who seems to be very experienced mechanic. Looks like there is nothing serious - because of the accident valve cover moved and there was an oil spill that caused the error code and didn't allow to start the bike. We resealed the caps and it seems to be working fine now! :)

    It feels that in order to travel on any bike even the most reliable, one has to be a pretty good mechanic himself and it takes time. But I'm studying and perhaps one day won't panic in such an easy case from mechanical standpoint
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  13. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    Glad you got it sorted, I saw it in pieces earlier today. Taz is usually a good man for this stuff. Stop by Moto Cafe if you get a chance before you leave town.
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  14. Mudcat

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    Well, you have had enough problems. Great news Vet
    Be careful with the clutch now, it’s a weak point. The ceramic clutch is better then stock but still, it won’t hold up under abuse.
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  15. Lone Rider

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    The stock clutch on my 1150 out-lasted the engine. 160k miles.

    Educate yourself, vet.
    Greatly lessens the stress....
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  16. Veter

    Veter Motoviajero

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    Here is the video how it happened. Enjoy! :) :evil
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  17. GB

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    where the puck was she going?? glad you weren't hurt and the bike is back in business... hope you have better luck from here on down...
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  18. GuateRider

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    Glad you didn't get hurt !!!
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  19. Mudcat

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    Yes but it’s hard to do on the road.
    And Lucky you with the clutch. I on the other hand had to have 4 clutches replaced on my 1200 within 28,000 miles because of oil leaks. Vetter lost his clutch at 12 or 13 thousand miles.
    The dry clutch is a bad design for an adventure bike and severely limits the bikes off road capabilities in my view:deal
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  20. Lone Rider

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    It's an excellent design (automotive), when properly done. BMW did this for many years with total success.

    They f'ked up the 1200 series - plain and simple. It's a problem waiting to occur - and will happen.

    They went from producing a very dependable bike, and one that's easy to maintain, to one that's now on the bottom of the list for rtw-type riding. And they allowed this to happen very quickly.

    You can market up anything, but eventually you're living with the product produced.

    Their legend and perceived value will die very soon unless the product is soon changed.

    My opinion, of course...:D

    And we have people buying these bikes who are relying on the scattered network of dealerships to support them during their riding - sound the marketing bells, please.

    It's just plain wrong.
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