Trouble in Bosnia i Hercegovina (Fixed)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by squawk77, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. squawk77

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    The bad news is my F800GS won't shift well right now... the good news is the people where I am stranded are beyond amazing despite any language or cultural barriers. It's ok to shift up to 2nd, but it's hard to shift up to 3rd or higher. The bike is still under warranty but the closest BMW Motorrad is in Belgrade, Serbia. I met some bikers here in Foča as soon as I arrived and hung out for the weekend. I found this thread which seems to be the same issue. Now that it's Monday, we talked to the dealer/mechanics in Belgrade and they say it would need a new transmission which could take weeks to fix. My options now are to limp back to Germany, go and hang out in Belgrade, or to continue south at a slower pace... Any other ideas would be appreciated :umph
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  2. squawk77

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    Some pictures from Saturday before the shifting got too sticky

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    Skakavac Waterfall in the Perućica primeval forest
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  3. francs

    francs Been here awhile

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    Ask here:
    Tomić & Co. Zagreb
    01/6301-999 ili 091/1630-185

    Tomić & Co. Split
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    It might be faster (EU and so... )
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  4. squawk77

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    Thanks I hadn't considered Split and it's a bit closer than Belgrade... This morning I couldn't decide to go north, south, east or west.. so I hung out in the coffee shops, saw some more local sights and washed the bike..

    I might flip a coin between Split and Belgrade :confused
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  5. squawk77

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    Camping in Tjentište for 5 BAM with the sound of the river
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    Memorial in Tjentište
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    A hotel room in Foča is 40 BAM or a cabin on the river is 20 BAM
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  6. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Hey Squawk

    Sucks about what sounds to be a serious transmission issue. Looks like you found a decent place hangout though. Pictures look fantastic. Keep us posted on what comes of the BMW ispection of the issue with the bike.
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  7. squawk77

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    We decided to take the clutch cover off and have a look ourselves... Sure enough the fork attached to the shaft of the gear selector is deformed... It's very easy to bend. We tried to straighten it a bit with a hammer but it didn't work any better. I'm trying to explain to him in charades how it should look symmetrical but this is hard to fix with his tools. After trying all morning it's now shifting worse and my hopes are getting down. We end up going to his friend's garage to torch it while really hammering it back towards symmetrical. Astonishingly, once back together it shifts just as good as new... He wouldn't take any money but I left him €50 because it was the biggest bill I had. I'm going for a longer test ride this afternoon and then tonight we'll all have a few beer.

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    He says he also had a GS with 120k kms
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  8. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    First of all, I'm very sorry about the transmission issue on your bike.
    The pictures are incredible and this area of our world is really beautiful. I appreciating you including a picture of the memorial from the battle as I looked it up on the Internet to teach myself something today. Thank you

    I hope that The fix you found for your bike Is a permanent one and that you will post another ride report when you can.
    Thank you very much for sharing this with us and for teaching me something today as well. I really appreciate it
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  9. Blader54

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    I hope that repair holds at least until you can get to a dealer. Seems that the fork could not bend so easily since it took a torch and much hammering to get it back into shape. Wonder why it bent in the first place. Was the bike dropped or the gear lever jammed at all just before the shifting went bad? Just thinking that it must have taken a lot of force applied to the fork with no response available from the part that fork connects to, to bend it. Hints at a hangup deeper in the transmission?
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  10. krucymucy

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    Great news! Now you can go and enjoy your ride ... :freaky
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    zkuzman n00b

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    Mostar has a BMW service.
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  12. squawk77

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    I fell in 2nd gear on a soft uneven trail. I left that detail out in case it would be fixed by warranty, but whatever. Without the panniers, the uneven ground knocked the shifter upwards. When the shifting got sticky, the ex armoured driver in the photo mentioned he knew an F650GS that bent this internal fork that way. When I googled I immediately found a thread here with the exact same problem. The night after calling several BMW dealers and after a few beer at the bar, we thought to YouTube "F800GS DIY" or something and it looked easy enough. We didn't all speak English, but we understood each other fine.

    This is where I fell. It's always good to have a mechanic/trooper riding with you, who I must say rides his KLR to the max as well!
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    That fork behind the clutch should be pointed towards the middle of the clutch and the spring should be symmetrical as well
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    I will replace it and the gasket as soon as possible. I'm glad it was just this fork that bent instead of something deeper inside.... but I wonder why they put splines on the shaft instead of just letting the gear peddle rotate under force? The KLRs I was riding with all had pivoting gear selector ends.. but I'm not convinced that would have prevented a direct hit under the peddle itself. I think without the splines it would have just rotated on the shaft instead?

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    I've seen a lot of monuments being in the military myself, but this one is truly unique (it's not even symmetrical after looking at it long enough) and the location just makes it surreal. I went there only to see and photograph that monument, but I stayed because of the people I met.
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    Thanks for signing up to post that! I didn't know about it and Mostar was already on my short list of places to see too. I'll post more pictures of your beautiful country later.
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    ^^^nice ZX parked there :evil:D
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    One of the more dazzling experiences on the trip so far

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    I do have a few new problems to deal with now though. The zoom and find buttons don't work on my 60CSx without using my Gerber or a pen... I ran out of lithium batteries for SPOT and nobody sells lithium batteries here... I lost my Maestro card and have to rely on Visa (problem for unattended gas pumps in some countries) Maybe worst of all my iPhone is acting possessed and drying in a bag of rice... It's been raining cats and dogs which is why I'm on here now. It's easy to list the problems but I will wait until I get home to try to portray all the good.
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    I put the iPhone in a zip lock bag of rice overnight. It must have attracted Asians who fixed it while I slept! It was turning on and off on its own, screen flashing, buttons unresponsive, making short circuit noises etc. I could see the condensation in the camera lens and flash. I shouldn't have tried to turn it on before buying some rice for $1, but it seems to work fine now. A waiter suggested to use a hairdryer on it, I wouldn't try that!
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    My rough plan for the first day included a sunny ride through the Black Forest and a visit to the Touratech HQ. Looking at the weather radar though.. I could avoid getting drenched by transiting more to the east. I packed up the night before so that I could leave at first light and get to the Alps for day two. Silly me however left the key on overnight... so I had to plug in the Optimate and go back to sleep. I didn't even let it fully charge, and surprisingly had no issue with it again (Nice feature on the F800GS is the headlight seems to turn off when it's not moving!) I made it to Austria by sunset, and set up camp in a secluded field. Soon I would be riding the Alps and Dolomites!

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    Austria!
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    I navigated around mountains and lakes in Austria towards my next objective - Stelvio. Perhaps one of the more anticipated routes, and I would ride it the first time in damp cloud. I love clouds though! The Stelvio pass in cloud is daunting, such that I didn't take any pictures. You've all seen it anyways. I continued to make my way across the euphoric land known as the Dolomites. The weather was active around the peaks and when I saw a rain storm ahead I decided to stop for pizza calzone. Later I followed a dirt trail out to a rocky riverbed. I saw some tire tracks so I rode up the river for awhile and found a sandy spot to setup camp. There was lots of driftwood around so I made a small fire.

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    En route to Slovenia I saw what looked like a great camp site. There was an old trail across crystal clear water where you could easily tuck a GS in below a soothing waterfall. I rode past a few military forts and slipped through the unmanned border. On my way to Mangart I was surprised to find there was a €5 fee… it was a very cloudy day but I went for it anyways. Wow! Glad I did.. under the clouds, long tunnel to view of the other side, rising clouds, another tunnel to a new view.. more tunnels, huge cliff beside the road with some pretty serious warning about rocks. I thought I was getting some photos of the clouds rising around the mountains, but the setting on the camera made it come out black.. After that I rode the Vršič Pass and the many cobblestone hairpins became treacherous in the rain!!

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    In the more touristy Triglavski national park region, I kept seeing signs “Sobe €10” next to basically any old farm house and there were also small hotels advertising to motorbikes. It would have been a nice area to stay but I wanted to get further south. I stopped in Ljubljana for supper but I didn’t really feel like staying in a city hotel or hostel. I pushed further but when I started looking for a place in the middle of nowhere, I found an amusement park/therme bustling with old people and a packed hotel with apparently no reception. Then I found a sign for a “Pension” that wasn’t on my GPS. It was basically a nice house built beside their house.. €10 room with beds, hot shower, WiFi and even a communal kitchen. I was pretty impressed, I was already finding better values than I did in Morocco.

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