Stuck in Iceland at Skógafoss Waterfalls...

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  1. TravisGill

    TravisGill Been here awhile

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    My wife and I traveling through Iceland on our way to Germany. We have a pair of G650GSs single-cylinder motorcycles.

    While pulling into the parking lot my clutch cable broke. The clutch cable broke about three inches from the engine side of the bike. I don't have a spare. Viking Biking, the only BMW folks in Iceland don't have the part and won't until next week. We have a ferry to catch to Denmark on 06 Sep.

    I'm asking around if anyone had a spare section of cable - perhaps bicyclists. If I can find a barrel nut then I think I could make it work well enough to get me to the ferry dock.

    Anyone have any other ideas?

    Anyone know of a dealership in Denmark that might have the part?

    Anone have a spare clutch cable for a 2011-2016 G650GS single?
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  3. TravisGill

    TravisGill Been here awhile

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    Great find... Everything is right in that kit that would get me back on the road - of course it's only $10 USD! I wish I had just a few of those barrel nuts.
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  5. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    There are three BMW Dealer in Reykjavik (google)

    Edalbilar ehf. +354 510 5050

    BL +354 525 8000

    Reykjavik Motor Center +354 510 9090

    Open till 18:00
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    Will the cable still fit it you shorten the outer sleeve of the bowden cable by 3 inches and re-route it ?
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  7. TravisGill

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    Thanks... But the numbers are dead ends:
    The first one is a garage that fixes BMW and Land Rover vehicles.
    The second is a BMW vehicle dealership.
    The third is the garage for Biking Viking and they took the rest of the week off to go on a trip. They also said that they don't carry parts for an unpopular model like the G650GS :(
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    My wife did exactly that. She's on her way back with a possible solution. I walked around the camp and talked with some bicyclists who had a spare cable. I had a spare bolt, washers, and nut. Once she returns with the cable cover housing I think we may have a solution.
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    I'll try that if the cable replacement doesn't work. I think the bicycle cable will work!
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    Bicycle cable along with a small bolt, "grabby" washers, and nylock nut seem to have done the job. Fingers crossed it holds all the way to Germany. I'll swimg by a BMW Motorad dealer in Denmark to pick up a new clutch cable and spare.

    For what it's worth:
    I'm not impressed with the service of Reykjavik Motor Center who services and provides parts for BMW motorcyles in Iceland. I called about a clutch cable for G650GS and they initially said they had it. When I supplied a part number to confirm then they the said they didn't have it. They didn't even seem
    to look up the part. When asked about ordering the part they said "No one can help you till Wednesday. All the mechanics are about to leave on a retreat, and I'm not a mechanic." They seemed more interested in their retreat than helping a customer. The least help I've had from a BMW dealer.

    On the other hand Karl at the KTM dealer offered some solutions and even a spare cable from the shop. He called a bunch of his friends to see if they had some old cables from other G650GS. He also called to see if he could reach out to another guy who fuses cables together in his shop but they could not do it until later. Thanks Karl for all the effort and advice.
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    pip_muenster curious

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    For reference, when I needed a mechanic in Akureyri, it seemed as if there was a motorcycling community helping each other. So though there was no motorcycle garage, finding help wasn't that difficult. We asked at a car dealership, and their mechanics got on the phone to find help for us. I also got help from a N1 (gas station) attendant somewhere at the south coast, who spend quite a bit of time calling up friends to organize a tow from within the island.

    I'm very sorry about your experiences, just wanted to show that it can be very different.

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  12. Dubble0zero

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    I am glad it worked out in The end! When I had troubles with a F650 back in 2010 I got great help from Biking Viking. The guy drove an old F650F himself back then.

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